Stapleton Builders: The steps to getting your new construction home-Step 5
This is a continuation of the KnopHomeTeam's blog series that will help future homeowners as they go through the process of buying a new home from a builder. If you want to catch up with the series read the previous steps that include: finding the home, contracting, deadline dates and design center.
You have chosen your home, you have contracted with a Stapleton builder, you have told them how to build the house to your specifications. Now they are building it. WOW how fun. As they near the end there begins to be several opportunities for you to walk the home with the builder for different interaction.
Most builderswill have 3 set walkthroughs that are part of their contract process. On top of these mandatory walkthroughs, as they build, you can also go by in several different stages. Not only is it fun but it's important to keep an eye on the construction process. For this you will need permission from the builder and also practice safety regulations, such as wearing hard hats and not going into the home during certain stages. If you don't live close your Realtor can go by occasionally to keep in touch with the timing.
The first of the Stapleton builderwalkthroughs is called the pre-drywall walk. This will help you understand the systems of the house seeing where the electric, heating and plumbing are behind the walls. This also gives you verification of where you have chosen to put lights, cable outlets etc. This time frame is usually about 6 weeks prior to closing and will give you the last opportunity to see the home prior to the walls being put up when you won't be able to see behind them anymore. This is also a time when you will be getting back with your lender because you can probably lock your interest rate and get them any updated information.
The main walk through, sometimes called the home orientation, is the most important one. The construction team will let you identify issues for them to repair or change. They will also teach you how to "use" your home. A neighborhood Realtor can also help you at this stage, figure out utilities learn the upcoming events of the block, organize moving vans and other things to help you prepare for the move in. How to change the filter, turn off the water and gas main, etc. This time frame is usually one week prior to closing. Enough time for them to complete the items on your list. At this point of your loan things should be pretty close to finalized, you should have an idea of the check you should be bringing to closing. You will also go over your warranty details and get all of the contact information and manuals to help you live in your home.
At the end is the final walk. This is to verify that those items from the previous walk were complete and you are ready to close. This usually happens an hour before closing and is hopefully a feel good time. The home is clean, ready to move in and will soon be officially yours. There is usually some sign off paperwork and at that time you are then moved to the warranty department of the Stapleton builder from the construction department.
Enjoy this part, it is really some of the best parts of buying a new home and is the most memorable part of homeownership. The home is now ready and you are ready to move in. In the final segment of the blog series we will go to closing and look at the ongoing aspects of owning your home.