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Do you have plans to build or purchase a newly constructed home in the future? Ever drive by a new construction site and marvel at how everything appears to fall in place so orderly? For the most part Builders have a successful track record of delivering sound finished products to their purchasers.... however thats not to say every house is perfectly built. Working with me as your Buyers Agent brings 12 years of General Contracting experience to the table. Having a set of professional eyes on your home as its being built adds a measure of security that the home you purchase at settlement will be of the highest quality and a sound investment for the future.

During each phase of the construction process I will be identifying what is taking place....explaining what to expect, following your home's critical path, conducting periodic inspections along with you (and in the presense of your builder), and identifying items of concern, in the event of something arising that needs your attention.

The New Construction Process
- Pre-Job Preparation
- Phase #1: Pre-Slab and Slab
- Phase #2: Framing
- Phase #3: Drywall
- Phase #4 Finish
- Inspection
- Role of your Realtor

Pre-Job Preparation
Prior to building a house there are a few prerequisites. Items such as land preparation, utility installation and street improvements. All will be critical to the project. These items make up the "pre-job preparation."

Phase #1: Pre-Slab and Slab
Trades involved: Concrete, Plumbing, Electrical
The first on site operation involves the corner stakes on each lot involved. These stakes are placed by the Engineering Consultant to mark the property boundaries and to give the concrete contractor reference points to help place the slab in the proper position on the lot according to the plot plan.

Phase #2: Framing
Trades involved: Carpentry, Roofers, Plumbers, Electrical, Heating & Air Conditioning, Grading, & Concrete
Now that the house slab and garage floor have been completed, you are ready to start framing the house. The framing process is critical, as it defines all the demensions of the house and provides the structure for which the finish products are installed. A good framing job will insure the integrity and quality for most of the trades to follow.

Phase #3: Drywall
Trades involved: Carpentry, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Roofing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Lathing, Masonry
The framing inspection marks the end of the "rough" stage of construction. From this point on, most of the work involves finished products. During this phase of construction there will be work on the inside and the outside of the house simultaneously. Also during this phase there will be utility hook-ups to the house connecting the systems which were installed in the pre-job preparation to the systems within the house

Phase #4 Finish
Trades involved: Finish Carpentry, Painters, Tile Setters Finish Plumbers, Finish Electrical
The clean-up after drywall signals a major milestone in the construction sequence, as it makes the house available for the start of the finish trades. From this point there are many trades working in the house at the same time.

Just a brief word on inspections...
Inspections are conducted by the County in each of the phases described above. The builder will also invite you to a 'close in' inspection where any concerns you might have can be identified and addressed prior to the dry wall installation. You will also conduct a final walk-thru inspection with your builder before going to settlement. You may also elect to hire a professional home inspector to accompany you during this phase of the building process. Keep in mind Builders need to be notified before hand if this is part of your planned intent.

Role of your Realtor
For the most part Realtors don't involve themselves other than accompanying you on the day you write your contract with the builder. The next time you see them is usually at settlement.

However working with me as your buyers agent adds 12 years of General Contracting expertise to your side of the table. I'm there in every phase of the construction process explaining what is going on in the critical process, evaluating workmanship and materials, and sometimes pointing out when a critical mistake has been made, poor workmanship, or if an item has been overlooked, or improperly installed. Helping you identify problems now and having them corrected ensures you a finer completed product.

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