Building a House Checklist

Building a House Checklist

When it comes to building a new home, it’s essential to have a checklist in order to make sure that everything is in order. There are many different aspects and features to consider when building a new home, making it essential for both first time and experience home builders to create a worksheet that will guide them through the entire process. If you are currently looking to build your own house, the following basic checklist will help you get started out on the right foot.

Whether you’re building your own house for the very first time or have plenty of experience building homes, a checklist is always necessary.

Basic Checklist
Building a new house requires a lot of preparation. And there’s a certain priority everything needs to be done in, making organization a top priority when it comes to planning out a new house build.

  • Cost Factor. New home prices tend to range between $100 and $200 per square foot. Also factor in expenses such as blinds, electrical outlets, fixtures, appliances, driveway and be prepared for unexpected expenses.
  • Time Factor. A 2016 Survey of Construction from the Census Bureau, the average completion time of a single-family home is around 7.5 months.
  • Hiring the Right Contractors. Start with Licensed, Bonded and Insured to be on the safe side. Professional contractors should be well researched, and can include home designers, structural engineers, concrete contractors, specialty contractors, plumbing engineers, electricians and inspectors. It is highly recommended to hire only top-rated contractors. Choosing the right contractors will give you better craftsmanship, reduce unexpected costs and ensure better security and safety. Besides, technologies are changing every day and your contractors should not only have the required experience and qualification but guarantee their work as well.
    So, get referrals, check references, & their work, verify licenses and wait till your permits and costs have been approved before you sign the contracts.
  • Choosing the Right Home Materials. There are many materials to choose from when building a new home, making it a good idea to understand the pros and cons of each right from the time you decide what kind of foundation to have.
  • Think about the Resale Value. Stay away from temporary trends and passing fads such as whirlpool bathtubs, tiled kitchen counter tops or mirrored furnishings. Go for what will give you the most bang for your buck. Although it’s important to build your home according to your personal taste, experts suggest not to go crazy over specialty driveways, high-end plumbing features, jetted soaking tubs and swimming pools as chances are the next buyer may not be so excited over these, and might even pull them down.
  • Thinking Green. Incorporating green home building ideas will not only make you environmentally responsible, but it’ll save money over the long run as well. Over 80% of builders expect that by 2020 more than 16% of the homes they build will be green housing.
  • Using energy efficient options – you’d protect the environment, save money with lower electric bill payments, and be more comfortable in your new home as well by using energy efficient options. This means thinking about everything from skylights and LED lighting to energy efficient appliances. According to a recent survey “more than 85 % of Americans planning to build or buy a home within the next two years would choose one home over another based on energy efficiency”.
  • Electricals. A professional electrician should always be used as improper electrical work could cause shocks and fires. Check their references, work, and their education in the field because it’s not just your appliances and gadgets which could be at risk but lives as well.
  • Drains, Outlets and Faucets. A professional plumber should always be used in order to be sure all of plumbing is done up to code.

A Strong Foundation is Important
The proverbial “building on a strong foundation” is literally and figuratively true even today. While there are definitely a lot of things to consider when building a new home, one of the most important things is choosing the right foundation walls. A quality concrete foundation wall is often the first choice home builders make because it holds up well under pressure. It’s also extremely durable so it can last the lifetime of the home. Because new home builders only have one chance to make sure the foundation is poured right the first time, a professional concrete pouring company is a must.

If the foundation is not poured correctly it could easily lead to cracks in the foundation, which can create a number of issues, potentially stalling the project.

Siouxland Construction
We’ve been pouring concrete for almost 20 years now, making us the go-to company when people are looking for a poured concrete specialist in the Sioux Falls area in South Dakota. Our #1 priority is making sure all of our customers our 100% satisfied when they hire us to pour a concrete foundation and/or foundation walls for their new home. If you want to build your own house and have any concrete questions for us, we invite you to contact us today for more information.


Build on a strong foundation – call 1 (605) 351-3550!