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The Trade Timeline to Building a Home

It’s important to know the necessary timeline to follow in order to complete your project to ensure problems don’t arise. In this segment, our experts discuss the flow of trades when building a home.

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[Sean] It’s time to ask an expert, where we tackle everyday home improvement topics to help you better understand your home. Today, as normal, I’m here with Gregg Cantor, a resident expert from Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel. And Gene Bryan from Window World joining us. Glad you’re on the show today, because we’re talking about an important topic. People sometimes try to organize trades themselves and play general contractor, and it leads to difficulty. Gregg, have you had that experience?

[Gregg] For sure, I mean I’ve had friends call me, or homeowners that are in the middle of a mess because the trades are pointing fingers at each other, people don’t get what they’re asking for, the costs go out of control, and it could just be a royal mess.

[Sean] Or they could show up the wrong time, wrong order, right? That’s something to view.

[Gene] Oh absolutely. We’ve had customers that were trying to manage their own projects where they absolutely did the stucco work backwards, they ended up doing the stucco before the windows went in and we needed to put in new construction windows in first.

[Gregg] Yeah, opposite of what it should be.

[Gene] Exactly.

[Gregg] What about when the openings are framed wrong and the windows won’t fit?

[Gene] It don’t fit.

[Sean] Exactly. What is the right order, the normal order of things in flow of trades Gregg?

[Gregg] So it usually starts if its an addition or major home renovation, the demolition is the first phase and then foundation and framing, and then framing the window and door openings are framed, and then Gene comes in.

[Gene] So then we put our new construction windows in, and then if your whatever type siding you’re doing, your house wrap, or your vapor barriers go on, and then stucco our siding will follow that.

[Sean] And then, roof would be one of the final things?

[Gene] Actually, you do the roof after framing while the window, just before the windows,

[Gregg] So the water-proofing roofing exterior is usually first.

[Gene] You want to have that all sealed. And, so people trying to play general contractor themselves, usually they’re trying to save money, but it often end up being pennywise and pound foolish, they end up messing it up.

[Gregg] It can happen.

[Sean] So, there’s a couple of different options. One would be to go with

a full-service company like yours Gregg. Quickly on time, but that’s one option, correct?

[Gregg] Correct.

[Sean] The other one would be to have, if you’re just doing a couple of upgrades to have the pros communicate, is that a key?

[Gene] Absolutely, we always, we take our home pro-brochures right into the home, and we have the customer contact the pros, and then we talk with each other, so it’s best for them to get us coordinated with each other so that we can work out the schedule.

[Sean] Communication is key.

[Gregg] And there’s similarities because Gene would have a site meet with the trades that are involved in that type of project, and with us, it’s the same thing, we would have a site meet before we start the job, and make sure everybody’s on the same page, the homeowner understands what they’re getting, and then the project runs smoothly.

[Sean] These are all keys to having what you want out of your home improvement. If you have questions for our experts or want to see more? For previous topics, visit ApprovedHomePros.com in our Ask An Expert section.