We’ve spent the last few weeks walking you through the process of home building, from foundation to the final inspection, if you haven’t read our blog posts from the previous weeks, you can find them here: Part I, Part II, and Part III.
Mechanical Trims Finished & Bathroom Fixtures Installation
After your flooring is installed, your contractor will finish the mechanical trims and complete installation of the light fixtures, power outlets, light switches, and if the electrical panel hasn’t already been installed, it will be installed now. Equipment for the HVAC is installed and faucets, sinks, and toilets in the kitchen and bathrooms are installed as well.
Miscellaneous Installation & Flooring
Shower doors and mirrors are installed next, they are installed at this point in the construction phase in order to keep them from being damaged during the actual construction and painting of the house. Carpet is also installed now for the same reason and the house is cleaned of all debris and construction material leftovers.
At this point, the exterior of the house is also cleaned up and shrubs, grass, and trees are planted as well as any other exterior items that are left.
An official will come to do the final inspection to check that everything follows your area’s building code. If any issues come up during inspection that need to be addressed, the building-code official will have to conduct a follow-up inspection to ensure these have been addressed. When everything has successfully passed inspection, the official will then issue a certificate of occupancy (C.O.) which means that you can legally live in the domicile.
Final Walkthrough/Pre-Settlement Walkthrough
Now that everything has successfully passed inspection, your builder will walk through the entire house with you to show off all of the house’s features, explain how to best maintain your home. This is the time for you to look for any problems, mistakes, or areas requiring adjustment. Your builder will be able to help you decide how to handle or fix these areas, she or he should also help you look for them but it’s important to be observant yourself. Some areas to watch out for are: floors, walls, countertops, fixtures, and any glass such as mirrors, windows, etc. these parts are more prone to damage from construction. It’s imperative to point these things out before you move in because after you move in there’s no way to prove that the damage was pre-existing before the movers came through.
That’s it! Your home is built and ready to move-in! Do you have any questions or comments about the process of building a home from the ground up? If so, drop us a line below!