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Home Building Process Checklist


A home building process checklist will help you as you inspect your construction on a weekly basis. While some home builders and contractors discourage visits by the home owner, this measure can prevent a lot of court cases and drawn out arbitration in the future.

Home Building Process Checklist: Educate Yourself on Construction

Read our many articles on this site, download our 98 page free book, and watch as many construction type videos as possible on line. You may also want to buy books, and spend as much time as possible looking at diagrams and photos which illustrate how to build a home. Be aware of green and alternative building materials, and study each method of construction to understand all the principles. Read the local building codes for residential construction in your area, and become familiar with the standards that apply to your home. This is your first step towards building a great house.

Home Building Process Checklist Questions

Home Building Process Checklist Questions: Footings and Foundations
• Are footings deep enough for your climate?
• Were forms used or was it determined that the soil did not require forms?
• Are there any cracks in the footings?
• Was the footing dry and well cured before the foundation wall construction was completed?
• Is the top of the footing perfectly level?
• Is the footing perfectly straight?
• Is the foundation mortar cured out well before the sill plate is applied.
• Are there any cracks or unusual stress points in the foundation?
• Is the top of the foundation wall perfectly level?
• Are there extra supports to hold the weight of the home, in the middle of the foundation?

Home Building Process Checklist Questions: Sills and Joists

• Is there a barrier of some sort between the wooden sill and the concrete? (Sill Gasket)
• What is the size of the floor joists? 2 x 8, 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 – if you measure all lumber is a about quarter inch smaller than the actual number of inches.
• How far are the joists spaced? Be sure to measure from the center of one board to the center of the next board, to get an ‘on center’ measurement.
• Are joists evenly spaced?
• Are joists perfectly level, and level with each other? Unlevel joists can make your floor bow and creak.
• Are the joists well supported by the foundation and central supports? There should be no gaps between the joist and its support. It should rest on the support.

Home Building Process Checklist Questions: The Subfloor or Deck

• Screws or nails should be countersunk and putty applied to keep the surface level, especially if vinyl flooring will be applied to the area.
• Is the floor level?
• What is the thickness of the plywood or hardwood used for the floor?
• Will there be one layer of subfloor or two?
• The Walls
• If you are building a stick built construction, what is the stud size and spacing being used? Is it consistent to all the walls?
• If you are using another method, are the walls properly placed and well attached to the decking?
• Is the craftsmanship of your wall up to par?

Home Building Process Checklist Questions: The Trusses and Roof

• What sort of trusses are being used on your home?
• How far apart are they spaced, and does this meet the code?
• Are they constructed with 2 x 4s or 2 x 6s or other materials?
• Is the roof adequately supported by the interior and exterior walls?
• What thickness of OSB plywood is used for the sheathing?
• Is roofing felt used before the application of the shingles?
• Read the packaging that came with the shingle flats to determine if they are of the quality agreed on.

Home Building Process Checklist Questions: Siding and Drywall

• Vinyl siding should be applied over plywood sheathing, and foam board insulation.
• The nails should not be pounded down flat, but rather should leave about an eighth of an inch for play.
• Brick or stone veneer should be applied by an experienced and qualified mason.
• Anyone can apply drywall, but it is up to you to inspect the seams to see how obvious they are once putty is applied.

Home Building Process Checklist Questions: Interior and the Rest

• Check to insure that the electrician uses the right weight of wiring. If anything go heavy. Many homes catch fire because the wiring is insufficient for the load.
• Inspect the plumbing and check for leaks as soon as the water is turned on.
• Check countertops, cabinets, and appliances for scratches and blemishes.
• Check the paint for runs and drip lines.
• Check the carpet for wrinkles and puckers.

It is important to check the construction site frequently, but do not stay too long. It will interfere with productivity if you stay too long during working hours, unless you can get the workers to just ignore you. It is a good idea to document each stage of the project with photographs and a written summary of the work. Put these memories in your home building journal to treasure later. For more information, be sure to download our 98 page free book, and read the many articles on this site. Enter the results of this home building process checklist in your home building journal for future reference.

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