Sterling Ranch Homes

Building in Sterling Ranch Step by Step

A Sterling Ranch home under construction - J Edwards Photography/ShutterStock
A Sterling Ranch home under construction - J Edwards Photography/ShutterStock

Building a new construction home allows you to pick a modern floorplan and the exact styles for your taste. As someone who's walked many clients through this process, I want to give you a clear picture of what to expect, so let's break down the timeline and steps to building in Sterling Ranch.

Step 1: Dreaming and Planning (1-2 Months)

Our adventure starts with your wish list---what you envision in your perfect home. We'll discuss builders, floor plans, and lots to find what is best for you. We can check out the model homes together so you can see the builders in person and let me know what you like and don't like. Remember, builders in Sterling Ranch pay my commission, so my services are free to you! You just have to make sure I am registered as your realtor when visiting the models.

Step 2: Contract Signing (A couple weeks)

Once you've landed on a plan, you'll sign a contract with the builder to start the construction process. I'll be right there to guide you through the paperwork and process. You'll also pick out some of the major options for your home (think extra rooms, finished basement, etc). Cosmetic options such as your flooring, countertops, and tile will be chosen at the design center later.

Step 3: Permits and Pre-Construction (1-2 Months)

While it's not the most glamorous step, obtaining the necessary permits and prepping the site is crucial. The builder takes the lead here, and I'll keep you updated as we clear the way for construction. This stage feels slow, but progress will soon ramp up

Step 4: Foundation and Framing (1-2 Months)

Now comes the tangible progress---the foundation and basement will be poured and the framing will take shape. At this point, you will be able to visit your lot and check out the progress.

Step 5: Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC (1-2 Months)

After framing, the various trades including plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians come in to add their respective components to your home. Windows will also be installed so that the home is "dried-in" and ready for inspections.

Step 6: Pre-Drywall Inspections (A couple weeks)

At this point, everything behind the walls should be complete. The county will come to perform a rough framing and rough electric inspection, which may turn up some items that your builder will address. I also recommend having a third-party inspector come in at this point. They can be more thorough than the county and have your best interest in mind.

Step 7: Design Center

Sometime around your rough inspections, you will schedule time to visit the design center to pick out your home's finishes. The builder will have various levels of options depending on your budget, and I can help you come up with ideas based on my experience.

Step 8: Insulation & Exterior Work (1 month)

Before drywall can go in, your home's walls will be insulated. Exterior work such as your siding and roofing will begin

Step 9: Drywall and Interior Work (2 Months)

As drywall goes up and rooms are defined, your home begins to feel more real. These new walls will be painted shortly after, which will then allow for cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring to be installed. If you will be selling your current home, we will also want to start work on putting it up for sale at this time.

Step 8: Finishing Touches (2 Months)

In the final stages of the build, trimwork and accessories will be installed. These include your baseboards, doors, electric trim (switches, outlet covers), plumbing trim (sink faucets and handles), and HVAC trim (vent covers).

Step 9: Final Inspections and Walkthrough (A couple weeks)

The culmination of all these steps leads to the finish line - the builder will once again schedule county inspections to receive a Certificate of Occupancy for the home. It's a good idea to have your third-party home inspector take a thorough look as well.

You will also get a chance to take a good look at the home during your final walkthrough, which is scheduled in the weeks leading up to your closing date. We will be able to walk through the home with the builder and point out any last minute issues. These are usually small cosmetic problems, like drywall or paint errors. Your builder will then have a week or so to fix these issues before closing.

Step 9: Closing and Moving In!

At last, the papers are signed, the keys are handed over, and you are now the owner of a new home!

So in general, building a home here typically spans 8-12 months, but remember, quality takes time. And no matter where in the timeline we are, my role is to be your advocate.

So if you're ready to embark on building a new home, I'm ready to be your guide. Let's chat about making your Sterling Ranch dream a reality---I can't wait to see you at your new front door.

Let's find your new home!

Chris is a real estate agent who specializes in helping clients build, buy, and sell homes. Here are some benefits I offer to new construction clients:

  • Projected Budget of Your New Home
  • Pre-Drywall Inspection
  • 3D Matterport Model
  • On-Site Photos During Construction
  • Lot Selection & Design Center Consultations
  • Full Service Realtor Services

Remember, the builder pays my commission, so these benefits are available at no cost to you!

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