Scroll down this page to see an example of a typical construction schedule for a large custom home. It was produced using Microsoft Project® 4.1 scheduling software and includes most, but not all, of the activities involved in the process of building a new house in Maryland. Sample construction draws have been included for reference purposes, although individual lenders & mortgage companies will most likely have their own draw schedules.
Notice that because construction draws from the lender typically follow the completion of various phases, or milestones, the cash flow on a project can be very irregular. While the money flowing out of a construction company; for employee salaries, benefits, office space, vehicles, insurance, equipment and other company expenses, typically occurs on a regular calendar based timeline, the money used to pay these expenses follows an event driven schedule. Therefore, besides the "normal" unplanned events that can affect the progress of a home building project, it is not uncommon for home builders to rearrange construction schedules in order to gain access to draw money so that they are able to pay subcontractors and suppliers in a timely manner. By the way, this is generally a good thing because subcontractors tend to follow the money and happy subs build better houses than unhappy ones:-)
The actual schedule of completion for your project will vary based upon many factors including, but not limited to, size and degree of difficulty of the structure, site and weather conditions, material and contractor availability, crew sizes, effective scheduling and communication, and perhaps most significantly, the number, timeliness, and complexity of the changes you will inevitably make to the original contract.
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