Chapter 5: homebuilding process timeline

Homebuilding process timeline

Steps to building a home: from laying the foundation to finishing touches.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it includes some of the major milestones in the typical new home construction and building process. See an illustration of the Meritage Homes process: take a look at How we build.

Milestone #1: Find your perfect home.

There's plenty to choose from, and yours is out there. Once you find it, your sales associate will help you sign a purchase agreement, submit it for approval, and get you started with the homebuilding process. After you submit your earnest money, you’ll be able to:

  • Pick your lot: When selecting the lot your home will be built on, be sure to consider where it’s located in the community. Lots near parks and pools may be more ideal, especially if you have children. You may also want to consider your home’s directional placement, paying close attention to the amount of sun exposure it may receive at any given time of day. Lastly, know that some lots may come with a premium, depending on its size and where it’s located within the community.
  • Pick your floorplan: Now it’s time to start personalizing your home. When selecting a floorplan, consider how you’ll be using your new spaces. Love to entertain? Pick a floorplan with large, open living areas or a plan with a large formal dining room. Have a big family? Select a plan that gives you extra storage or more rooms. With some floorplans, you can even select different build-out options, if available.
  • Pick your elevation (exterior facade): Now is the time to pick the exterior elevation and color for your home. If you have the option to do so, try to match the outside of your house with the inside. Just know that the later you purchase in the community’s development phases, the less likely you will be able to pick the style of the outside of your house. That’s because most builders try to prevent a row of the same style of houses, so each community still has a unique feeling. If having the first pick at elevation and color is vitally important to you, add yourself to the “interest list” for a community in development.
    • TIP: If you'd prefer to leave the tough decisions to the experts, quick move-in homes are an excellent option. This way, you can take heart in knowing that your home’s upgrades and features were hand-selected by professionals who have the experience and expertise to make informed choices for that particular home.

Milestone #2: Select your design options and upgrades.

At this point, you’ll be meeting with your design center representative. Although it’s early in the process, you'll make choices now that reflect your lifestyle and personality. From countertops and colors to carpets and cabinets—this is where you will be able to give your home a personal touch. For more complete information about designing your home, review Chapter 4: designing your home.

Milestone #3: Watch your home come to life.

Now that you have your plans in place, it’s time to watch your home take shape. While some stretches of the construction process may feel slow, other phases seem to happen in the blink of an eye. This is a normal part of the build process and is woven into the overall home timeline. While your home is being built, your sales associate or home builder representative will help you understand the phases of construction, including:

  • Site preparation: This is when they prepare your home’s lot for construction.
  • Laying foundation: It’s just the start, but it’s the start of something great — your new home.
  • Framing your home: You can really see it take shape, now that the walls and roof have an outline.
  • Plumbing, electrical and HVAC: When visiting your homesite, you may see a lot of wires, pipes and ductwork. This is a natural part of the build process. The good news here? This is when things start to move fast.
  • Insulation, drywall and paint: Now your house really looks like a home. The walls are up and complete, and you can see it starting to come to life.
  • Cabinet, appliance, flooring and fixture installation: The finishing touches are complete, and it’s almost time for you to move in.

During this process, you may be tempted to do your own walk-through, but it’s important to exercise safety first and stay clear of the construction site. There may be times you are asked to come view the home at various stages. Only then should you visit with a qualified professional. It’s also important to be on time and make every effort to attend scheduled check-in meetings. Otherwise, there could be delays in the building process, especially if something is waiting for your approval.

Milestone #4: Home inspection and walk-through.

At this stage, everything is complete. Before you close on your brand-new home, you’ll get what’s known as a “homeowner orientation.” This is your chance to get familiar with how your home works, look for anything that may be amiss, and note it so it can get fixed. Once that’s done, you’re ready to close.

Milestone #5: Closing and move in.

All that’s left is to sign the paperwork, hand over your down payment, and get the keys. For an overview of what to expect at closing, read through the closing process outlined in Chapter 6. To get ready to move, explore a helpful move-in checklist in Chapter 7.

Your home’s build timeline will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The size of your home
  • The phase of the community
  • The number of upgrades you selected
  • Weather, geography and type of foundation

Your sales representative will walk you through your home’s build plan and keep you updated along the way.

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