Written by craig braddick

Homeowner’s Checklist For Building A House

New Custom Luxury Home Builders Mesa

Below is a checklist containing all the steps to build your home. An asterisk denotes the Building Inspector will have to check the work before the construction can continue.

We are specialists in custom home building for a wide variety of buyers. Building board-by-board with no modular construction or pre-fab. Some customers have us complete their home up to 50% to the shell stage, Others want a 100% job done so the house is ready to be moved in. We will do either stage or anything in between, the choice is yours! Download the PDF here: Homeowners Checklist For Building A House

Step 1: Buying Land

  1. Frontage on County road
  2. Survey of Land
  3. Title Search
  4. Title Insurance
  5. Water table (needed for well)
  6. Soil test for the septic system
  7. Solar Heating
  8. Easy to improve the land?

Step 2: Before Closing

  1. Loan documents review
  2. Prepare specifications sheet
  3. Labor cost estimates / prepare complete materials (“Take offs”)
  4. Submit Loan Application
  5. Septic system permit or sewer tap
  6. Building permit
  7. Construction loan closing

Step 3: After Closing

  1. Building license required?
  2. Compliance bond required?
  3. Water tap and meter (or contact Well Digger)
  4. Other Temporary Services Electricity:
         ❒ Water:
  5. Prepare site plan

Step 4: Subcontractors

  1. Check references.
  2. Are they Bonded?
  3. Are they Licensed?
  4. Do they guarantee their work?
  5. How long is the guarantee?
  6. Liability Insurance
  7. Insurance for workmen’s compensation
  8. Who is used by better builders?
  9. Obtain Written Estimates
  10. Check quality of low bidder

Step 5: Buying Materials

  1. Select 3 building supply firms with a good reputation
  2. Give material estimates to each
  3. Correct the difference between supply house bid against original estimates
  4. Select building supply firm with the best combo of terms, price, and service.

Step 6: Site And Foundation

  1. Review the third step and then perform rough grading
  2. Cut driveway
  3. Lay 4-6 inches of gravel on driveway
  4. Dig well or get water meter
  5. Clear home site and 10-15 feet work area
  6. Install temporary power pole *
  7. Crawl space or basement
         ❒ Batter boards:
         ❒ Dig foundation footings*:
         ❒ Pour footings*:
         ❒ Lay block or pour walls:
  8. Pre-treat for termites *
  9. Backfill/weatherproof
  10. Garage and slab
         ❒ Form boards:
         ❒ Plumbing*:
         ❒ Miscellaneous popes:
         ❒ Gravel:
         ❒ Polyethylene vapor barrier:
         ❒ Pre-wire (landscape)*:
         ❒ Pour concrete:
  11. Spot foundation survey
  12. Sewer, gas and miscellaneous utility lines

Step 7: Framing

  1. Buy building level
  2. Check foundation square/level
  3. Check square/level again
  4. Have framing materials delivered
  5. Maintain materials supply
  6. “Cull” materials
  7. Basement beams and walls
  8. 1st floor, subfloor
  9. 1st floor, partitions/walls
  10. 2nd floor, subfloor
  11. 2nd floor, set special tub
  12. 2nd floor, partitions/walls
  13. Wall sheathing
  14. Check square, level, and layout as work progresses
  15. Ceiling joists
  16. Trusses and rafters
  17. Roof felt and sheathing
  18. Framing inspection
  19. Install windows/doors *
  20. Measure cabinets

Step 8: Exterior masonry/Miscellaneous tasks

  1. Schedule delivery of exterior windows, siding, trim, doors.
  2. Install doors (if not done in framing)
  3. Install windows (if not done in framing)
  4. Installation of factory built fireplace
  5. Miscellaneous deadwood and rough frame
  6. Install stone/brick (if required or specified)

Step 9: Roofing

  1. Install roofing as soon as possible
  2. Check shingle lines on a horizontal roof
  3. Align shingles on vertical splits
  4. Four nails per shingle
  5. Stagger metal flashing

Step 10: Cornice and Siding

  1. Check siding nailing instructions from manufacturer
  2. Check siding as it is installed
  3. Check flashing installation
  4. Installation of garage doors
  5. Exterior Pain/Stain
  6. Clean up

Step 11: Plumbing Rough

  1. Specify copper or plastic pipe
  2. Rough-in for kitchen or bath, etc. *
  3. Pay only once the work has been inspected

Step 12: Heating And Cooling Rough

  1. Take floorplan to the power company for the size of the system
  2. The smaller system is usually more efficient
  3. Consider using multiple systems in a bigger house
  4. Rough-in cooling/heating *
  5. Get tough-in approved by the building inspector before making payment

Step 13: Electrical Rough

  1. Sketch furniture in each room showing switches and outlets
  2. Get approved for proposed wiring plan
  3. Get power company to recommend how much amp service is needed
  4. Rough-In witing *
  5. Pay for rough-In only once the inspection is complete

Step 14: Insulation

  1. Have power company determine the amount of insulation are R Valve needed
  2. With blow-in insulation, do not block soffit vents

Step 15: Ceiling And Wall Covering

  1. if you install drywall, let the contractor give it a smooth finish
  2. Half inch drywall is recommended for 16-inch on-center studs
  3. Stipple ceilings before painting walls
  4. Clean the interior

Step 16: Trim and Cabinets

  1. Hire a master carpenter
  2. Select either paint grade or stain trim
  3. Allow half inch space under baseboard for carpet
  4. Install interior doors and bath/kitchen cabinets
  5. Caulking around window and door trim, outside and inside is recommended
  6. Finish the fireplace

Step 17: Interior Paint And Wallpaper

  1. Paint interior trim and walls
  2. Over drywall, use one coat of primer over two finish coats
  3. Put up wallpaper

Step 18: Final Finish And Trim

  1. Call back electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing for final work *
  2. After final inspection, you can turn utilities on (power will be required before the final inspection takes place)
  3. Install tile, carpet, vinyl, and hardwood
  4. Install bath and mirror accessories
  5. Install screens and gutters
  6. Landscaping, walks, patio, drives, etc.
  7. Final inspection *

Step 19: Final Clean Up

  1. Touch up paint, fix little nicks, clean floors, windows, etc.
  2. Appliance installation

Step 20: Move-In

  1. Move in and enjoy all the comforts of your new home!

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