What to expect when building a new home.

Real Estate Agent with North Texas Home Finders 0462649
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  • Sign a contract & provide earnest money.
  • Apply for a mortgage within 5 business days of contract.
  • Design Center visit - to select flooring, countertops, and any decorator upgrades.
  • Pre-Construction meeting.
    • Meet w/ builder & salesperson.
    • Decide location of phone & cable outlets.
    • Verify design center selections.
    • Discuss any changes.
  • Hurry up and wait. Thank you for taking care of all of your "homework." Now we process the paperwork, wait for the building permit, and plans from the architect.
  • Set forms - is the outline of the foundation of your home.
  • Plumbing rough - dig the trenches for the plumbing to be installed.
  • City inspection of plumbing rough. Cannot pass with sitting water in trenches.
  • Slab make-up - stretch out polyurethane sheets and lay post tension cables.
  • City and engineer inspect foundation preparation.House
  • Pour foundation.
  • Stress cables - use machine to stretch foundation cables to 3000psi.
  • Frame - create frame of the structure.
  • Roofing - apply OSB decking and shingles.
  • Cornice - install trim around soffits and fascia.
  • Plumbing top out - add pipes for water supplies and drains.
  • HVAC - installation of heating and air conditioning systems and duct work.
  • Electrical rough- install all phone, cable, and electrical outlets as well as alarm system and optional speakers.
  • Pre-sheetrock meeting - to ensure proper placement of phone, cable, and extra outlets.
  • Insulation - R13 exterior walls, R19 vaults, R30 attic.
  • City inspects electrical and insulation.
  • Brick ties - installed to adhere brick to the house.
  • City inspects brick ties.
  • Brick & stone laid.
  • Install sheetrock - nail drywall to the frame of house.
  • Tape, bed, & texture walls - tape covers sheetrock seams and mud smoothes out the lines.
  • Trim - adding base boards, doors, and stair railing.Hammer
  • Paint - all rooms and trim.
  • Cabinet & countertop installation - in kitchen & bathrooms.
  • Plumbing trim - adding plumbing fixtures, sinks, tubs, and commodes.
  • Electrical trim - adding light switches, outlet covers, and fixtures. 
  • Flooring - installing ceramic tile, carpet, and wood options.
  • Landscaping, sprinklers, & fence installation.
  • Set meters - both gas & electrical.
  • Final inspection by city for a CO (Certificate of Occupancy.)
  • Buyer orientation - builder walks buyer through home and demonstrates systems and makes notes of any items in need of repair.
  • Final walk through - builder walks buyer through home to ensure any items in need of repair are completed to the buyers' satisfaction.
  • HouseClosing & funding - takes place at the title company and is the final transfer of ownership of your new home. Pick up keys at the sales office once funded by bank.

Congratulations on your new DR Horton Home.

We hope that you enjoy many happy memories in your new home!


For more information please contact Lara O'Keefe at 972.838.9156 or visit Hunter's Creek.

Comments (6)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Lara. I like this sequence you have provided for the new construction buyer. Having gone through this whole list in a build job we did, my only other piece of advice is it takes longer than you think, PLUS watch those subcontractors like a HAWK!!

Jan 17, 2009 05:45 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Gary, those are excellent pieces of advice! I guess the good news is that if it's broken, we will fix it :-)

Jan 17, 2009 05:49 AM
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

Lara great job of describing the process. It does put the Buyer's mind at ease knowing what to expect at what stage.

Jan 17, 2009 06:32 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Lara

Thanks for very complete list of the new home sales and construction process, the list will be very helpful to anyone that reads it to understand the process. 

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Jan 17, 2009 06:52 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Denise, thank you. I created the list for exactly that reason.

Jan 17, 2009 08:58 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Lou, thank you. It seems to make it less stressful when they undrstand the process and you communicate effectively.

Jan 17, 2009 09:33 AM