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How Long Does It Take to Build a Custom Home in West Michigan?

Knowledgeable and experienced builders make the new home construction process seem easy, because they’ve planned it out every step of the way. Builders with a proven, reliable, streamlined process will make sure you feel in control of your new home build, keeping you updated on progress and what’s needed from all parties. 


Once you’ve gone through the process of selecting your floorplan, assessing your land, and finalizing your sales agreement, it’s time for your custom home to come to life! At Heartland Builders, the construction process has four simple steps and takes about 10-12 months, with homeowner walk-throughs and inspections to make sure the home is meeting and exceeding both building codes and your high expectations. 


Here’s a step-by-step playbook of the new home construction process, what you should expect, and how long it takes.


How Long Does it Take to Build a Custom Home?


Step 1: Getting to Know You (~2 weeks)


During this step we’ll get to know you and what you’re looking for, so that we can find a home plan that most closely fits your needs. We’ll also do a site visit or a computer review of your land to determine any site improvement costs so that we can give you an accurate ballpark price. Then we’ll ask you to commit to a design services agreement and give a 2% deposit for work to begin. Then we’re off to the races!


Step 2: Pre-Construction (4-5 months)


Your ideas will come to life on paper in this important step. We’ll work with you to draft your home’s architectural plans, then you’ll meet with our interior designer to select all your finishes, such as flooring, cabinets, paint colors, light fixtures, and more. We’ll ask you to secure your financing at this time, then we’ll finalize all your construction drawings and work on securing all the building permits we need.


Step 3: Construction (5-6 months)


Now the excitement really starts building (pun intended)! We’ll carefully walk your site and finalize placement of your home and get your final approval, then we break ground and get to work. You’ll be amazed at how your home starts to take shape as framing goes up, systems are installed, and drywall is added. We’ll ask you to attend a series of meetings during the construction process to confirm everything is as expected, and we’ll also have several third-party inspections to test energy-efficiency and to ensure that all building codes are met. When construction is complete, you’ll have a homeowner orientation meeting to learn all about your new home. Then we’re on to the final step…


Step 4: It’s All Yours!


You’ll close on your new home and move in! Now you can relax, settle in, and reflect on your amazing journey to new home ownership. Most importantly, you can look forward to a lifetime of memories in your new space. We’ll check in at 90 days and 11 months for a warranty review just to make sure everything in your home is working as it should. Congratulations — what a wonderful accomplishment!


To recap, here is our 4-step Path to Home Ownership:


Step 1: Getting To Know You (~2 weeks)

  • Review home plans
  • Determine ballpark price to build your home
  • Site visit or computer review of site to determine site improvement costs
  • Design services agreement & deposit meeting

Step 2: Pre-Construction (4-5 months)

  • Architectural design collaboration
  • Design meetings with our interior designer
  • Financing
  • Finalize construction drawings
  • Building permits

Step 3: Construction (5-6 months)

  • Site plan approval meeting
  • Foundation & framing
  • Rough-in walk-through meeting
  • Energy analysis – pre-drywall inspection
  • Trim walk-through meeting
  • Energy analysis – blower door test
  • Occupancy permit issued

Homeowner orientation meeting

Step 4: It’s All Yours!

  • Home handover
  • 90-day warranty review
  • 11-month warranty review

Have questions about building a custom home in Grand Rapids or Lakeshore, MI? Please contact us; we’re happy to answer them!