What are common delays/forgotten tasks in building first home?

Blog entry by slooper posted 08-31-2009 07:30 AM 2757 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In two weeks we close on our land and will immediately begin the construction process. We’re well into the planning process, from designing our home to submitting our loan application to picking out flooring and light fixtures. Right now I am in the process of setting up a timeline for all of the stages and tasks all the way to completion of the home in MS Project.

Since this is my first time at building a house and since I am acting as my own contractor I’m bound to miss a few things that will slow me down. But I am on a tight timeline (I want to be in it by January before winter sets in.) So my question to all of you is; what are some of the common things that get forgotten or cause delays? (slow loan processing has already been experience. :)) I’d greatly appreciate the input.

The general sequence of events (non-exhaustive) is;
  • Bulldoze driveway/level house site
  • Drill well
  • Poor Footings/stem wall/slab
  • Sink storm shelter
  • Electric company to install poles
  • Install lagoon
  • Framing
  • Systems (plumbing/electrical/networking)
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Paint
  • Fixtures
  • Flooring
  • Cabinetry

For the record, I’m out in the country so I don’t have to wait around for inspections. ((I do follow code, and even go above and beyond in many cases.) Most of our contractors have been identified.


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posted 08-31-2009 07:33 AM

The first bit a feed back came in offline.

Apparently everybody, I mean all contractors’ in these parts go off deer hunting for several days in mid-September. Probably not a good month for the construction economy in general. :)

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posted 09-04-2009 12:19 PM

Not sure of your location but weather can slow you down, rain and such..I would really push to get the excavation, and framing done, get it in the dry, a rain day here and there can throw everything off, example plumber is ready but starts another job because he can’t wait on the rain days then he is late on starting yours. The hunting will be a big issue for most of the contractors, I don’t hunt so it’s not a problem with us.

Good luck and try to have some fun….this can be a very frustrating process .

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 09-07-2009 04:03 AM

Thanks, Todd. Yeah, weather is a key concern. I’m in Missouri and we have a lot of rain forecasted all the way up to and thru when we’re scheduled to start. Sigh. Our first push, after getting the loan thru that is, is to get in the dry.

I also learned today that the trusses take three weeks from order to delivery. Well, I need them in a little over three weeks from now, so I guess that means I order them before the loan comes thru. Fortunately, I should be able to swing that.

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posted 09-07-2009 05:58 PM

Looks like you have your work cut out. We’ll wait till pictures tell us more.

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posted 09-08-2009 12:05 AM

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