Are you planning on building your own home
in the future? Print out our building a house checklist to ensure all your
bases are covered.

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Aside from marriage and raising a
child, building a house is one of the most significant commitments of your
life. It makes sense then, why you wouldn’t want to leave things to
chance. 

Like any other significant project,
taking the first step is the hardest step. When it comes to building your own
home, that first step is the preparation process. How can you be sure you know
you’ve remembered everything, and you’re not leaving anything off the
list? 

Gain the confidence to build your own
house by reading this building a house checklist. You’ll thank yourself later
when you’re staring at your finished masterpiece. 

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Reasons
for Building Your Home 

There are many reasons for wanting to
build a home instead of buying one. For starters, you can potentially save
money

if you plan accordingly. But deeper than that, who is better equipped to
understand what you want out of a house than yourself?

Much of the builder’s checklist depends
on what type of home they plan on building. In terms of new construction, there
are three main types of newly built homes. The three main types are spec homes,
tract homes, and fully custom homes. 

Speculative homes are homes designed by
builders who want to sell the house once they finish construction. The designer
decides pretty much every facet of the new home, except for a few final touches
such as flooring, kitchen appliances, and paint color. 

Developers purchase a plot of land and
divide the property into individual lots to build tract homes. After dividing
the houses, the developer constructs the homes according to a similar design.
Many residential neighborhoods are full of tract homes. 

Individuals build fully custom homes.
They pick out the land and design the house from top to bottom. This process
offers the most freedom, but also the most responsibility.

1.
Locate Your Lot 

If you don’t own the land you’re planning
to build on; you need to find it before you consider narrowing down your
building list. Real estate agents can help you look for the correct plot of
land.

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On top of having a real estate agent
present, you should also keep your architect nearby throughout this process.
Having your architect present ensures you pick the plot of land that fits your
building needs best. 

2.
Planning and Designing 

This stage can occur both before,
during, and after you select your plot of land. It takes longer than some of the
other steps because it’s such a monumental stage. Deciding on the size, layout,
and style of your home sets the tone for the building process. 

Throughout this process, you need to
keep track of your budget. While planning, you also have to consider how your
design fits in the local housing market. Unless you plan on living there for
the rest of your life, you have to sell someday. 

3.
Financing Options 

Once you decide on a fully custom home
plot of land and design, you have to choose how to pay for the property and
materials. 30-year, fixed-rate loans aren’t an option for fully custom homes
because there are too many variables for the bank to consider. 

Instead, look for a construction loan.
Construction mortgages are more difficult to obtain than a traditional loan
because the banks aren’t loaning money for a finished product. 

To obtain a construction loan, you need
to provide the lender with your timeline, budget, material list, and floor
plans. 

4.
Hire Professionals

Unless you’re building a 19th-century
log cabin, building a house by yourself is virtually impossible. Having a team of
professionals
on
your side to guide you through the building process is an essential component
of your building a house checklist. 

Building a reliable professional team
starts with hiring a home builder. Your home builder can be your best decision
or your worst decision. Examine the builder’s portfolio to gain an accurate
understanding of who you’re hiring. 

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Professional home builders consult with
you on topics such as permits, budget, zoning
laws, and infrastructural needs. 

To apply for permits, you’ll most
likely need to hire an architect. Permits most often require architectural
plans that include details such as stories, square footage, and layout. 

After you cover the structural
integrity of your home and have a contractor to build the house, it’s time to
delve inward. Hiring an interior designer aids in home design ideas and
goals

Building
a House Checklist 

After you’ve secured your plot of land,
financing, and hired a team, it’s time to start building. But where to
begin? 

Land
Prep

Ready the land. Dig piping trenches and
lay the groundwork for all of your appliances. 

Footings
and Foundation

What your foundation looks like depends
on the part of the country you live in. You can have either a slab foundation,
crawl space or a full basement. No matter what you have, the foundation has
concrete reinforced with steel rods. After laying the foundation, the workers
spray it with waterproof material before the inspection. 

Framing 

After laying the foundation, your home
structure starts to form. During framing, builders put floor joists, subfloor,
and studs. These components form the walls and roof of your home. To protect
your home from moisture, your crew should wrap the house. 

Plumbing,
Electrical, and HVAC

After laying the foundation and walls
to your home, the builders install your home’s major internal systems. 

Insulation

After installing the home’s wiring and
plumbing, the next step is insulating the home. Insulation is generally applied
to your walls, basement, and attics. The three main types of insulation are
fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. 

Drywall 

Drywall is the last step of the
exterior and foundation. Panels are installed to seal the walls’
insulation. 

Interior
Finishes 

This stage adds doors, casings, window
sills, staircases, bathtubs- anything that is not a structural component of the
home. 

Exterior
Finishes 

Builders complete driveways, patios,
exterior paint jobs, etc. in this stage. 

Fixture
Installation 

This stage adds the finishing touches
to the plumbing, wiring, and HVAC systems. Faucets, toilets, socket covers,
etc. all come together during this stage. 

Flooring
Installation

This section’s title is self-explanatory.
Builders install the floors throughout the home during this stage.  

Final
Inspection 

Phew! Now that you completed the house,
you’re ready to relax, right? Wrong. At this stage, Local building officials
inspect the home to make sure everything is up to code. 

Final
Walkthrough 

Perform a final walkthrough to ensure
your builders have done the agreed-upon job. The final walkthrough is your last
chance to raise any concerns and tell your contractors details that need
completing. 

Complete
Your Building a House Checklist Today 

Building your house is a long, arduous
process that rewards you in the end. But getting there is stressful, and it’s
essential to have your building a house checklist handy. 

Interior design is an aspect of home building you can’t deal without. For years, we’ve provided home builders with valuable information regarding their interior design. Continue reading our blog to find out more home building tips! Thanks to Banner Custom Homes for collaborating

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