Easy Glossary of Home Building Terms for New Homeowners
June 10, 2019
Being able to build a home from the ground up is so exciting. You’ve spent time poring over your options and selecting the very best – from the floor plan to kitchen layout to room arrangement. Now it’s time to start putting those plans to action. Here’s where all that excitement can turn to confusion if you’re not sure where you are in the process. You may be hearing terms flying around and have no idea what they are, or what comes next. At this point, you may be too afraid to ask. Whether you’re in the middle of buying a new home or just preparing for it, we’ve put together a quick glossary to help you understand what’s going on. Here are some terms you’ll undoubtedly come across as a new homeowner. Permitting After your building plan is ready to go, it’s submitted to the municipality for review. At this time, you also send the plot plan or layout of your home on the site to be reviewed. The municipality has a set amount of time to complete this step and either approve them or send back for editing. Pre-Construction Meeting This one may seem self-explanatory, but this is a meeting between you and the onsite builder or supervisor to review your home plans. You’ll both make sure all the options you selected are represented on the plans before starting work. Once you’ve finalized everything, you’re ready to go! You can expect to start seeing your new home slowly but surely take shape after the pre-construction meeting. 4-way Meeting Your new home has a foundation, walls and rough mechanicals. Now you’ll meet again with the onsite builder or supervisor to review the house’s progress and compare the electrical and structural options that are listed on your building plan. It’s your last chance to make sure these are 100% correct before dry-wall goes on. Homeowner Orientation Your new home has walls, floors, a ceiling, and you’re so close to moving in the excitement is palpable. All that’s left is your homeowner orientation. You’ll meet with the onsite builder or supervisor one last time to look over the finished house. Here, you’ll make sure the new home has been built following the plans, matches all of your chosen options, and that nothing’s missing. You can also take this opportunity to inspect the builder’s quality of work. Some things to watch out for:
- Are there any spots on the wall where paint may be missing?
- Did any paint get on the carpet?
- Is the trim caulked and done correctly?