House Construction Schedule

A construction schedule for you house or cabin is very important to maintain control of your project.  This directly translates into saving money since a project that drags out longer than expected will cost you additional interest at a minimum.  As you get bids from subcontractors it will be in your best interest to nail down how long they will need to do their respective tasks.  You also need to plan in advance for inspections and ordering of long-lead materials.  During construction, many tasks have to happen in a particular order so forgetting to order something ahead of time could result in day-for-day slips to your entire project. This is why your house construction schedule is so important. 

Sample House Construction Schedule

Item Description Called Scheduled Projected Days Actual Days Days Needed to Complete According to Bid
1 Get Permits 6/1 6/3
2 Plot Plan & Stake-Out 6/4 6/5 2 2 2 Release for Start Permits
3 Order Temporary Power 6/1 6/7
4 Order Trusses, metal, wood beams 6/1 6/15   1 Connect Temporary Power
5 Order windows 6/1 6/20
6 Order Exterior Doors 6/2 6/22   2 Stake Out
7 Excavation 6/1 6/7
8 Footings 6/7 6/15   5 Excavation
9 Inspection: Footings / Steel 6/15 6/17
10 Foundation 6/7 6/20   3 Footings
11 Inspection: Foundation / Steel 6/15 6/21
12 Waterproof Foundation 6/20 6/25   4 Foundation
13 Flatwork: Basement & Garage 6/17 6/28
14 Flatwork: Outside 6/17 6/30   2 Waterproofing
15 Backfill & Rough Grade 6/20 7/1
16 Lumber 6/20 7/2   1 Backfill
17 Framing 6/20 7/2
18 Plumbing Rough 7/2 7/20   Lumber Delivery
19 HVAC Rough 7/2 7/21
20 Electric Rough 7/2 7/23   7 Start Framing
21 Order Interior & Exterior Handrails 7/2/ 7/23
22 Fireplace box Installation 7/2 7/23   10 Finish Framing
23 Tub & Shower Installation 6/20 7/15
24 Truss Delivery 7/2 7/15   3 Roofing
25 Roof Load Materials 7/2 7/15
26 Masonry/Dry-in Installation 7/5 7/25   6 Rough Plumbing, Electric, HVAC
27 Window Installation 7/20 7/30
28 Siding Installation 7/20 7/30   2 Insulation
29 Gutter & Soffit Installation 7/30 8/5
30 Insulation 7/25 8/3   5 Drywall Hang
31 Drywall Stock 7/30 8/7
32 Inspect: Framing/Plumbing Rough/Elec Rough 7/30 8/2   9 Drywall Tape/Sand
33 Garage Door Installation 8/1 8/8
34 Drywall Hanging 7/25 8/9   5 Paint
35 Inspect: Drywall 8/13 8/15
36 Drywall Taping 8/13 8/16   3 Hang Doors
37 Order Showerdoors and Mirrors 8/13 9/10
38 Order Countertops 8/13 9/10   5 Tile
39 Order Cabinets 8/13 9/10
40 Interior Paint 8/13 9/1   2 Carpet
41 HVAC Final 9/10 9/15
42 Hang Interior Doors 9/10 9/16   15 Cabinets/ Final Trim
43 Shelving Installation 9/16 9/18
44 Tile Installation 9/17 9/25   3 Final Plumbing/Electrical
45 Countertop Installation 9/24 9/30
46 Plumbing Final/Install fixtures 9/30 10/2   2 Carpenter Final
47 Electric Final / Install fixtures 10/2 10/5
48 Install Electric Meter and perm power 10/5 10/10   1 Drywall Touchup
49 Interior & Exterior hand rails 10/5 10/12
50 Interior trim and Rehang doors 10/10 10/15   1 Paint Touchup
51 Shower and Mirror Installation 10/15 10/17
52 Carpet Installation 10/12 10/20   1 Windows
53 Paint Touch Up 10/15 10/22
54 Trim Carpenter 10/20 10/25   1 Final Inspection
55 Construction clean 10/25 10/28
56 Occupancy Inspection 10/28 11/1   1 Walk Through

Download Sample House Construction Schedule (.xlsx, 16KB)

The column labeled "called"  is the date the subcontractor or vendor was called to schedule for your project.  The column labeled "scheduled" is the date the materials or subcontractor is scheduled to start.  Be sure to adjust your schedule as subcontractors finish early or later than planned.  Don't forget to account for weekends and holidays when creating your house construction schedule.

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