Building Process

Sales Agreement

You select your home site, your home plans, and discuss changes you want incorporated into the home with the builder. You then sign a sales agreement and secure a mortgage.

Pre-Construction

Your home site is surveyed and staked, marking the lot boundaries and placement of the home. You then meet with a Reliant Homes Representative to review your home plans in detail. If custom changes are requested, the plans will be revised and represented for your approval.

Permits

Reliant Homes works with appointed officials to pull all permits required to proceed with building your new home. This process can take anywhere from one to four weeks depending on which city the home site is located in. Until all permits are in place, we cannot proceed to the foundation stage.

Foundation

The ground is excavated and the foundation is poured. Once cured, the foundation is waterproofed and backfilled with dirt. Underslab plumbing is installed, floors are poured and utility lines are run from the street to your foundation.

Framing

Your exterior and interior walls are framed, during which time wall sheathing is added to enclose the house, and house wrap and felt paper are installed to reduce the possibility of water or air penetration. Then the roof is added. Once your home is under roof, you will be contacted to begin making selections for your home such as electrical, cabinet, heating and cooling, lighting, appliances, faucets, and decorator items.

Mechanical

At the mechanical stage, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are roughed in, installing pipes, wiring and ductwork. Bathtubs, shower units, furnace(s) and other large items are also installed. Before we can proceed to the insulation stage, the framing and rough mechanicals must pass inspection by the city*.

Insulation

Insulation is added between studs in all exterior walls, between ceiling joists forming vaults, and under any exterior floor surfaces. Gaps between framing members and around windows are then insulated to reduce potential air leaks.

Interior Finishes

Drywall is installed and finished. Attic insulation is blown. Hardwood floors, interior doors, cabinets and trim are installed, then painted and/or stained. Other materials such as tile, countertops, mirrors and flooring are installed. The HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work are also finished. This includes, but is not limited to, installing the air conditioner, humidifier, water heater, light fixtures, faucets, and appliances. Finally, initial drywall and paint touchup are done, and the home is cleaned.

Exterior Finishes

Since all exterior finish items are completed weather permitting; there is no set schedule to when they will be done. At some point after drywall is installed, you can expect to see stucco applied to the home, and brick and stone installed where applicable. Driveways, sidewalks, and patios are poured. Once these items are complete, the exterior of the home will be painted.

Landscaping

Your yard is graded to slope away from the foundation as required by city code. Deck, fence, and sprinklers are installed if these options have been added to the home, then the yard is landscaped and sodded.

Walk-Through

The final walk-through is typically scheduled approximately two to three days prior to closing. During the walk-through, your Reliant Homes Building Superintendent will assist you in making a "punch list" of any cosmetic or mechanical defects needing attention. He will also explain the mechanical functions of the home, describe how to initiate warranty service, and give you tips on how to maintain your home. You will also be given a Homeowner Reference Guide, which explains these topics in greater detail.

Final Inspection*

A city official will conduct a final inspection of the home to ensure that it meets all current building codes. Once the interior and exterior items are found to be satisfactory, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. If exterior items, such as landscaping and sod, are incomplete, some cities will issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy until those items are installed.

Closing

At closing, you will sign papers officially transferring ownership of the home into your name. This is typically done at a tile company or at your designated lender. Once you have closed, you will be given keys to your new home. Please be sure to have all utilities (electric, gas, and water) transferred into your name effective the date of closing.

Post Closing

Warranty service may be initiated at three months, and again at eleven months after closing. If you wish to initiate this service, please do so by submitting a list to Reliant Homes via facsimile, email or mail. Make your list as detailed as possible, including complete descriptions of the items needing attention. Upon receipt of your warranty service request, the Reliant Warranty Representative will contact you to schedule an appointment to make repairs covered under the warranty. Some work may require the attention of a subcontractor, in which case they will contact you directly to schedule the work.

* - NOTE REGARDING INSPECTIONS: Although we only address the mechanical and final inspections, there are numerous inspections conducted by city officials throughout the building process. Each inspection must be passed before the next stage can commence.