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When planning new construction homes, there are many things to consider. One of the first things to take care of is to find out about the local building codes that cover new construction homes. This step has to be done while still in the planning stages and then the demands of the codes have to be met during the building and inspection stages. Your contractor should have an idea of your codes but local codes vary sometimes by quite a lot. On top of that, there’s no guarantee that they stay constant.

Building codes are constantly changing and they can vary by state, county, city, town, and/or borough.” A few phone calls to the local authorities can steer you in the right direction when it comes to finding out where to look for the latest changes. At least you will find out what steps must be taken to begin the new construction homes process. “The request for newly constructed residences must be in writing and must state the expected move-in date and the name of the new owners or occupants.”

If you manage to negotiate the road to the end of the process for new construction homes, you will still have to face about a dozen final inspections. These include the footer inspection (made after caissons are drilled or trenches are cut), outside sewer, foundation, inside sewer, water-service line, stressed concrete floor or deck, electrical, structural framing, plumbing, mechanical rough-in, downspout and rain leaders, final sewer and water inspection and the final inspection made when new construction homes are ready for occupancy.

These all lead to the issuance of the certificates of compliance and occupancy which must be obtained before new construction homes may be occupied. This may seem like a grueling process but it helps to ensure that your contractors have completed a home that is safe for you and your family.

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