If you have spent a great deal of time designing the new custom home you have always wanted, you are probably excited to finally break ground, dig the foundation, and start construction. You have likely chosen a reliable custom home builder who will help you handle a lot of the red tape you need to address before you start building, but it’s worth understanding the whole process and walking through the initial phase of construction – breaking ground – to avoid any preventable problems you or your contractor may have overlooked.
Make sure your builder personally visits your lot before construction begins. Even if you have supplied maps of the lot and a physical description, it is vital for the builder to perform a check in person to verify firsthand that the site is ready for building. This visit also helps the builder identify any issues on the lot that might complicate breaking the ground for the foundation.
The ground of your lot may feel solid enough, but an engineer should conduct a soil test and check the quality of the soil. The soil test checks how the soil performs in two ways –compression and percolation. The compression test checks to see how the soil compacts and reacts to intense pressure. The percolation test checks how the soil absorbs water and changes consistency when exposed to water.
The last thing you want during construction is an excavator accidentally ripping up a power line and disrupting the entire power grid for your area. You’re going to need to run utility lines to your new home anyway, so it’s definitely important to contact the local utility companies and ask about any power, gas, sewer, or water lines running through your lot. The 811 service can visit the site and mark any existing utility lines so your construction team doesn’t accidentally damage them when you break ground.
It’s essential to know the bounds of your property. A professional survey team can visit your lot, check your deed, and use survey equipment to mark out the exact boundaries of your property. This is extremely helpful and will prevent any property line disputes from disrupting your homebuilding project.
You probably have grand plans for your new custom dream home, but make sure the specifics of your home fall within acceptable guidelines according to the local building codes. For example, if part of your home is too high, too close to your property line, or the home doesn’t include fixtures required by local codes, it slows down your build.
Premier Builders gets a professional engineer structural review on every print prior to permitting. Many custom home builders skip this step because it isn’t required. We do it for all homes for all of the obvious benefits.
Premier Builders has extensive experience with custom home building projects on undeveloped lots. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you build your custom dream home the right way.