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Building a House: A Step-by-Step Guide

[Updated: Aug 17, 2021 ] May 08, 2020 by Laura Agadoni

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Step What It Entails Timeline
Groundbreaking Preparing the lot 1 to 2 weeks
Footers and foundation Pouring the concrete slab About 2 weeks
Framing Building the walls and roof 1 to 2 months
Mechanicals Siding, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC 2 to 4 weeks
Insulation and drywall Also includes painting the walls About 1 to 2 months
Flooring and trim Also includes doors, cabinetry, shelving, and other finishes 1 to 2 months
Exterior finishes All the finishes outside the home, such as brick, siding, stucco, or stone 2 to 4 weeks
Fixtures and appliances Includes sinks, toilets, showers, bathtubs, kitchen appliances, and light fixtures 1 to 2 weeks
Driveways and walkways Also includes exterior doors About 1 week
Cleaning Getting the home ready for move-in About 1 week
Landscaping Putting in grass, shrubs, flowers, and trees About 1 week
Final Inspection A certificate of occupancy before closing About 1 week
Walk-through Your chance to inspect everything and learn about the home's features About 1 week, including needing to schedule it
Closing When you can move in About 1 week, including needing to schedule it
Renovation Type Timeline
Room addition 6 to 16 weeks
Kitchen 3 to 12 weeks
Bathroom 3 weeks plus
Basement 3 weeks plus
Deck 1 week

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