Construction Stage 5 – Completion

After Fixing comes Completion

Its probably been a long haul but we are getting to the last lap now. Nevertheless there is still a fair bit to do including:

  • Complete Plumbing Internally install taps, mixers, shower fittings, shower screens, and toilets Externally finish downspouts and fix external taps.
  • Painting, Internal and External. Internal painting will be in at least two stages. The walls and ceiling will be done before fitting of electrical fittings while woodwork/doors may well be later in the process.
  • Complete electrical. Fitting all the power points and batten fittings. If you are having a high level of home automation this might be quite complex and involve various stages. This stage also includes bringing a telecom line.
  • Paths and Driveways Generally I have only got the front path and driveway as it cheaper to do the rest separately once we have moved in.
  • Carpentry Final Fix Room doors and cabinet doors and drawers.
  • Internal floor Finishes Timber floating floors or carpets.
  • Clean Up Outside all rubbish will be removed and the site left flat. Inside it will probably be whats known as a builders clean – Dust brushed up and surfaces wiped, but not polished!
  • Pre-Completion Inspection See PCI posts and the PCI Guide to help you through this stage
  • Deal With PCI Issues Normally this should take around a week but could be longer if there are a lot of defects.
  • Install Appliances This will normally include oven, hob and any other expensive appliances and the hot water service. Frequently this occurs on the day of handover.

  • Hand Over Day The keys at last!  Make sure you are insured from the morning of handover. Also see this post on Construction Locks

Good Luck with your New House!


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