Creating a Timeline for Building Your Own Home

With an accurate timeline for building your own home, you can better work with contractors and vendors to meet your budget without any surprises. While the size of the home, location, number of workers and even the time of year can all play a factor in completing home construction, it's possible to work up a timeline that spans about 6 or 7 months.

Month 1
Before you begin anything, you'll need to get the proper building permits for your state and city. Early building steps include excavation, pouring the home's foundation and framing. Any other major construction considerations are done here as well.

Month 2
Subfloors, electric, plumbing and more framing takes place in this month. Finish framing, such as doors, windows and the roof can be completed. At this point in building a new home, it starts to take on a recognizable shape.

Month 3
Fixtures for the plumbing and electric go in now, along with other exposed structural work. Windows and exterior doors make it feel more like a home, and exterior walls, roof and shingles are added here as well.

Month 4
Workers will put on exterior trim and exterior wall finish, while the inside sees bath and toilet fixtures installed. Plumbing and electrical features are double checked as well.

Months 5 and 6
Interior details involving cabinets, countertops, molding and paint prep bring things even closer to finished. Final flooring during home building is installed after any paint or wallpaper is completed.

Month 7
Everything gets a touch up in the last month, and appliances are moved in and installed. Many people call in a professional cleaning crew to get rid of the construction grime buildup. Landscaping is added to the outside property, and building inspectors must be called to give their stamp of approval. Once they pass it off, it is certified as habitable, and you can move in.

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