The Building Process

The decision to build your own home can be a little intimidating. Where do I start? How do I know if this is the right decision for me and my family? Semler Construction is committed to taking the worry out of the process by providing the right information and answering any questions that you may have. If you are ready to begin your home building journey, we will arrange a face-to-face meeting. Below is a short summary of what happens from start to finish in the building process.

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Meet with a Semler Construction Sales Representative and price your home on a lot of your choice.


Enter into a purchase agreement with Semler Construction that your agent or one of our sales representative prepares for you.


Deposit earnest money with Semler Construction to start the process of drawing your custom building plans.


Meet with the build team to review your plans and specs; also known as the pre-construction meeting.


Semler Construction begins the process of permitting which can take up to 2-3 weeks depending on location.


You begin the process of making your exterior and interior finish selections.

Ready, Set, Build

Once permits are received, Semler Construction begins the process of building your new home.


During construction, you will have a chance to perform a walk-through with the Semler Construction electrician to discuss location of outlets and other electrical items.

Build Time

Length of construction can vary depending on several variables such as size, location, weather, selections, etc. It generally takes anywhere from 120-150 days from permit to completion based on those variables.

Final Walk-Through

Once your home is complete, a Semler Construction representative will walk-through the home with you.

City Inspection

A final inspection is performed by the city and we will receive a Certificate of Occupancy required for closing.

Appraise & Inspect

Your lender will schedule an appraisal and home inspection.


Finally we have a closing at a title company where Semler Construction transfers title of the property to you and collects the funds from your lender.


Receive the keys to your new home!

*This is a example scenario of the building process, please note that not all projects may follow this example and that this example is only for demonstration. 


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