There are different regions in the United States, and places like Los Angeles, New York City and Boston are great for accommodation and work. However, people are finding less popular places suitable to live and work; this explains why there is a population surge in suburban areas. This same thing has encouraged construction in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Multi-family construction projects are on the rise as people are moving to these places to construct residential buildings. If you are planning a Mid Atlantic construction project, below are some steps to follow:
Choose A Home Plan
As simple as this might seem, selecting a plan for your home is tricky; therefore, it must be taken seriously. Before you settle for a plan, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of such a plan. Other things to consider are the budget, number of rooms, location and other amenities suitable for your lifestyle.
Although these are determined by your location in the mid-Atlantic, you need to take all time you need to choose a suitable plan. In addition, you need to look for trusted and knowledgeable people in the construction industry to guide you. Once you have a plan, you can start working on other things.
Get a Building Permit
A building permit is essential as it can halt the construction process; therefore, obtaining a permit for the building is important. Without proper permits, you will not only delay the project but also incur fines.
Although the process of getting a permit can be stressful and time-consuming, it will ensure your project is constructed properly according to code. Every jurisdiction has a building code, and it was created to protect the community and the property owners.
Choose a Builder and Other Professionals
Once you are done choosing a plan and obtaining building permits, the next thing is hiring a builder for your project. The builder works as a project manager overseeing tasks and responsibilities to ensure quicker completion of the project. Selecting a builder is as important as choosing a plan for your project; therefore, it must be carefully selected.
To find a good builder, you can get recommendations from people around or those who have built homes in the past. Before you decide to sign a contract with a builder, you must be able to work comfortably with them. In addition, they must have enough experience and be able to hire other professionals. These are some professionals you need to complete your residential building:
- Interior designer
- Land clearing crew
- Structural engineer
- Inspector (from the city)
Most of these professionals will be hired by the builder.
Steps Involved in Building a House
Once you have gotten a home design, obtained building permits, and hired a builder, it is time to start constructing your building. However, building entails a lot of steps, some of which are listed below:
- Land prep
- Footings and foundation
- Plumbing, electrical and HVAC
- Interior finishes
- Exterior finishes
- Fixture installation
- Flooring installation
- Final inspection
- Final walkthrough