“Understanding the building process is the key to a project’s success”.
The building process may vary from region to region. Always check with the city and state of which your new project will begin for the most current policies and procedures to follow throughout your project.
When the newly poured foundation curing process is complete, a city inspector will visit the site to ensure the foundation components are up to code and installed properly. This inspection may be repeated depending on the type of foundation (slab, crawl space or basement). Once the inspection is complete, the builder will then remove the forms and begin coordinating step 2, the framing phase.
INSPECTIONS #2, #3 and #4:
Rough framing, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems are inspected for compliance with building codes. Most likely these will be three different inspections. At the very least, the framing inspection will be conducted separately from the electrical/mechanical inspections.
At this stage, drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard or gypsum board) is delivered to the building site.
A building-code official completes a final inspection and issues a certificate of occupancy. If any defects are found during this inspection, a follow-up inspection may be scheduled to ensure that they’ve been corrected.
Your builder will walk you through your new home to acquaint you with its features and the operation of various systems and components and explain your responsibilities for maintenance and upkeep, as well as warranty coverage and procedures. This is often referred to as a pre-settlement walk-through. It’s also an opportunity to spot items that need to be corrected or adjusted, so be attentive and observant. Examine the surfaces of counter-tops, fixtures, floors and walls for possible damage. Sometimes disputes arise because the homeowner discovers a gouge in a counter-top after move-in and there’s no way to prove whether it was caused by the builder’s crew or the homeowner’s movers.