If you are reading this, you are probably getting ready to close on a new construction home, and when you drove by it yesterday, there was a ton of stuff unfinished. Maybe the cabinets, countertops, sinks, and faucets aren’t done, there is some painting left to do, the carpets aren’t installed, light fixtures aren’t hung… You are in full out panic mode because you have nowhere else to go in two weeks.
I will reassure you that if you were a fly on the wall over the next two weeks, the home will look like an ant hill. As a matter of fact, the amount of work that happens on a new construction home in the final two weeks amazes people. It’s not that the contractor wants to run things down to the wire, but if you had a short contract on the home, that may happen.
Here’s what you would see if you showed up there in the middle of the day:
Electricians, plumbers, HVAC contractor, finish carpenter, countertop installer, carpet layer, appliance installer, painter, all doing what their assigned task is in an effort to complete the home prior to closing. Each contractor has their own list of criteria that have to be met and while you may view it as your builder needing to complete all tasks – there is a huge team of players. Don’t forget in the midst of all these people, in come the city inspectors and the bank appraiser to make sure all is done according to code and that the bank is getting what it’s financing. Lastly, the cleaner will show up to spit shine everything before you move in.
So, try not to panic, there is rhyme and reason to the timing of every step of the building process – try to kick back and enjoy watching the progress from day to day.
Sioux Falls, SD
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