Navigating Home Building: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Construction in Delaware

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May 29, 2024

Building a new home in Delaware is an exciting journey, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming when you don’t have a clear roadmap to follow. At Wilkinson Homes, we understand the importance of helping our clients through each part of the home building process, so if you’re considering building your new home in Delaware, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the journey from concept to construction. 

Planning, budgeting and choosing the right location

The first step in any successful home building project is through planning and realistic budgeting, so you’ll want to start by determining your budget based on your financial situation and work on getting pre-approved for your mortgage. During this step, you’ll want to make sure that you’re considering all of the additional factors of building your own home such as land costs, construction expenses and any other fees that could come up throughout the building process. 

Location is another key factor that you need to carefully consider when building your new home in Delaware, so don’t be afraid to research a variety of areas across the state in order to find the perfect spot that fits your lifestyle, keeps you close to work and top school districts, and has the community amenities you’re looking for. If you’re still not exactly sure where you want to end up, our team at Wilkinson Homes can help you search through our communities to find the perfect one for you

Personalizing your new home and securing permits

Once you’ve selected your location, it’s time to get to work personalizing your home. Throughout this process, you’ll be able to work with our experienced team of designers and select certain features and finishes throughout your chosen floor plan in order to meet your needs and reflect your personal style. 

Before we can begin constructing your new home, however, it’s essential to secure all necessary permits and approvals—this includes zoning permits, building permits and any other local requirements. 

Site preparation, foundation and framing

When all of the paperwork is finalized, our team will begin by preparing the site to ensure that your new home in Delaware has a solid foundation and that there are no surprises during construction. With the site ready, we’ll begin construction by laying the foundation, followed by framing the structure of your new home. This phase includes constructing the walls, roof and basic framework—allowing you to watch as your home starts to take shape right before your eyes. 

Installing interior systems and Insulation

After framing, the next step involves installing the essential systems such as plumbing, electrical wiring and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Our skilled contractors ensure that all systems are installed correctly and adhere to all safety codes and regulations. Proper insulation is another vital part of the home build, and it’s also crucial for energy efficiency and your overall comfort. Once insulation is installed, the drywall is put up to form the interior walls and ceilings, and this phase will significantly transform the look of the house, making it feel more like a home. 

Final finishes and walkthrough 

The finishing touches of the construction process are what truly bring your new home in Delaware to life. This stage includes installing flooring, cabinets, countertops and fixtures, as well as painting and finalizing the exterior. 

Throughout this process, the home must pass several inspections to ensure that everything is up to code and ready for you to move in. Our team will also conduct a final walkthrough with you during this time to ensure that every detail meets your expectations and to address any last-minute adjustments. Once the final inspections are complete and any remaining details are addressed, it’s time for you to move in and start enjoying your new home in Delaware. 

Your new home is closer than you think

Building a new home in Delaware can be a seamless and enjoyable experience with the right guidance and support. At Wilkinson Homes, we are dedicated to helping you navigate every step of the home building process, ensuring that your journey is as smooth and rewarding as possible. If you’re ready to begin building your new home, give us a call at (302) 275-1567 or fill out our online form today to learn more about our communities and services.

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