Unless your orientation occurs the same day as your closing, expect your builder to make noticeable progress on remaining items prior to your movein. The benefit of a few days between orientation and closing are clear. Builders who operate on that schedule may set a second appointment the day of closing to confirm which orientation items are complete and update you on any remaining items.
If your home needs a part or a particular trade contractor must be called back, extra time may be needed to complete the work. The builder should keep you informed of the expected schedule for the remaining items. The typical time frame is 10 to 30 days.
Gaining access to occupied homes to complete orientation items is a concern to homeowners and builders alike. Builders today are more likely to ask that an adult be present while any work is performed in your home. Making appointments around your busy schedule may result in service taking longer than anyone wants. Your cooperation is essential. Builder and trade contractor service hours are typically from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Besides the orientation forms, builders deliver some additional items at the orientation. Ordinarily these items include—
Whether you close in escrow or in person, the key to settlement is preparation. By addressing the details during the weeks before closing, you have time to resolve any last minute glitches calmly.
Builder systems vary but the following guidelines are typical of most orientation programs.
While the builder is attending to these last details for your move. All the thinking, planning, deciding, paying, and waiting are about to give way to carrying, unpacking, arranging, and yes, more paying. But some paperwork called closing is next.