Chafin Communities’ Home Building Timeline

Home Building Timeline 2020 By Chafin Communities

Please note that due to COVID-19 all of these times take slightly longer and are close, but not exact.  Each home will be slightly different.  We have had to add more time to some things and are constantly adjusting in real time.  We ask that you please take that into consideration when using this.

Building a new home is so exciting and the more you know, the more you can sit back and enjoy (rather than stress that something is not done on time).  We created this timeline and infographic to show you roughly when things are ordered and then installed to help that.  Note, these are rough times and not set in stone.

There are a lot of other processes that went on prior to actually start building your home.  The land purchase was probably done 2 – 3 years prior, the development at least 1 year ago and the building permit one to two months before grading. So this is mainly from grading on.

This is an infographic based on the average time to build a 3,000sf or smaller home of about 120 to 150 days (larger homes and basements take even longer).  This timeline has been fairly on point for at least the last 5 years here.  Weather, government regulations and how many subcontractors are available can shift this time frame significantly.  The winter months here in Georgia tend to have a few weeks of freezing weather and the occasional snow storm, then the spring has some rainy weeks that can wreak havoc on this timeline.  

Below the graphic is a more detailed itemized timeline.

Home Building Timeline 2020 By Chafin Communities

Home Building Timeline 2020 By Chafin Communities


Here is a more detailed construction timeline from grading on for average home of up to 3,000 sf.  

Since each county has different requirements before you can start grading, this starts after grading is complete.  Some counties issue building permits in one month, some take two or more and grading takes about 1 to 2 weeks.

A basement will take longer by about one to two months and a larger home will take much longer, too.  

This is an ESTIMATE and this is if all goes perfectly, realistically we can add one to two weeks to allow for weather delays.  

Too much rain and too low temperatures will make certain stages impossible to do and most steps cannot be skipped…(i.e. you cannot install a backsplash if the granite isn’t in and you can’t install carpet if you have no driveway to get it safely into the house).

Days 1 – 22

  • Job Initiation Order (JIO) sent to superintendent
  • Order roof truss system
  • Footing/slab material
  • Temporary Electric
  • Footing install
  • Block material & pin footing
  • Block labor
  • Foundation survey & setbacks verified
  • Utility install
  • Plumbing in slab and safety grade
  • Plumbing inspection
  • Slab prep 1 inspection

Days 23 – 33

  • Rough framing
  • Order windows/doors exterior

Days 34 – 36

  • Framing continues
  • Roof material drop off
  • Sheating Housewrap inspection
  • Roofing labor
  • Dumpster drop off/pick up #1
  • Schedule gas line (if needed)
  • Windows/doors install exterior
  • Framing punch out #1

Days 37 – 39

  • Plumbing rough in
  • Fireplace rough in
  • Measure for cabinets
  • Measure for interior doors
  • Finish roofing
  • HVAC rough in
  • Install roofing pipe boots
  • Order brick/stone/siding delivery
  • Punch out list due

Days 40 – 53

  • Electrical rough in
  • Brick/stone material drop off
  • Media/security system rough
  • Fireplace inspection
  • Brick/stone labor
  • Low voltage inspection
  • HVAC rough in inspection
  • Framing punch out #2
  • Plumbing rough inspection
  • Electrical rough inspection
  • Inspections for brick/stone install
  • Framing inspection
  • Wall insulation install
  • Insulation inspection
  • Inspections for all custom features pre-drywall
  • Order drywall
  • Order siding

Days 54 – 61

  • Drywall material drop off
  • Drywall install
  • Roofing shingles install
  • Order exterior paint
  • Siding install
  • Gas line install
  • Electrical meter base install
  • Exterior paint
  • Trim material ordered
  • Gutters
  • Rough grade

Days 62 – 70

  • Trim labor
  • Fireplace mantle trim out
  • Dumpster #2
  • Concrete flatwork (driveway)
  • Deck install
  • Paint interior #1
  • Irrigation sleeves
  • Electric meter
  • Tile shower
  • Cabinet delivery
  • Cabinet install
  • Lighting delivery
  • Shower door measure
  • Ceiling insulation blow in
  • Drywall point up
  • Set columns

Days 71 – 74

  • Electrical trim out #1
  • Measure for granite
  • Install vinyl
  • Install LVP/EVP and tile
  • Install hardwoods
  • Water heater delivery
  • Shoemold install and stain/paint
  • HVAC trim out
  • Drywall point and sand

Days 75 – 79

  • Interior paint #2
  • Granite and sinks install
  • Appliances order
  • Garage door install
  • Gas meter inspection
  • Shutter in stall (if have any)
  • Tile backsplash install
  • Plumbing trim out (hook up water heater, hook up sinks)
  • Final grading
  • Gas meter install
  • Electrical trim out #2 (lighting installed)
  • Final plumbing inspection
  • Meda/alarm trim out
  • Trim accessories and shower door install
  • HVAC start up
  • Final electrical inspection
  • Final mechanical inspection
  • Landscaping
  • Railings install

Days 80 – 85

  • Carpet
  • Cabinet shoe mold and touch up
  • Sod install
  • First cleaning
  • Dumpster #3
  • Pressure wash exterior
  • Termite install
  • House numbers installed
  • Window screens (per community)
  • Final inspection

Days 86 – 96

  • Touch up clean #1
  • Quality control
  • Quality control trim labor
  • Quality control drywall touch up
  • Quality control paint touch up

Days 97 – 99

  • Appliances install
  • First walk through
  • Punch out done
  • Touch up clean #2
  • Final walk through

Day 100

  • Close

We hope you find this interesting and please remember this is the plan that can and will be changed to meet each home buyer’s and home’s unique circumstances.  

Our team takes timing very seriously and wants to make each closing happen on time, because we understand how challenging timing a move can be.  We are here to help, so if you have any questions, please as the onsite agent that is working with you.

Happy Home Building!