The Builder’s Checklist

Build Better with “The Builder’s Checklist”

The Builder’s Checklist course is based on our own “Builder’s Checklist” quality assurance product. With this training, presented in the form of an educational checklist, you can use to confirm the completion and the quality of your trades, vendors, and suppliers work products. While this training won’t replace your building inspector, it will allow you to be better prepared when building your next home.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone that is having a home built – whether you’re an experienced professional or new to construction. Even if you’re new to construction, “The Builder’s Checklist” is our premier product and if you’re building a new home, you owe it to yourself to take this class. We’ve incorporated the core knowledge components of the checklist.

  • 8 Construction Stages
  • 27 Construction Phases
  • 56 Construction Checklists

You’ll learn to plan, prepare, and implement the core construction elements so that you’ll stay on-track as you build your dream home.


“Builder’s Checklist” is the same type of construction checklist system that many professional builders have available to ensure that their homes are built to their standards. Now, you have chosen to benefit from the same type of tool – one that will help you build your house – your way.

Professional Home Builders – Use “Builder’s Checklist”:

  • As a training tool for your construction staff – Construction Superintendents, Supervisors, Construction Trades, Vendors, and Suppliers.
  •  As an attachment or an addendum to vendor contracts to avoid confusion about when a phase is complete and ready to pay.
  • To develop consistency among your construction supervisors and how they check their jobs.
  • As a paper trail to ensure that jobs are being checked on a regular basis.

Consumers – Use “Builder’s Checklist”:

  • To know that your new home is progressing according to an established set of objective quality standards.
  • To use as a communication tool with your homebuilder – to avoid miscommunication and misunderstandings about your expectation or quality.
  • To ensure that you get the home you’re paying for.
  • To find and document construction issues at the earliest possible point to avoid delays dealing with them later.
  • To create a ‘paper trail’ and put your builder ‘on notice’ regarding issues you find during construction.

There are so many other benefits to using the “Builder’s Checklist” product that you can quickly see how wise you have been to make the investment. If you use this product on a consistent basis – you will get a better house – period.

“Anything Measured Will Improve”

It’s widely accepted that anything measured will improve. Once your vendors, trades and suppliers know that you will be checking their work every time you walk on site, they will instinctively tighten up. When they get the chance to see the checklist and that it is ‘objective’ and fair, they will see that you are also objective and fair.

“Involve Your Staff”

Let your trades, vendors and suppliers – even your building inspectors know that you will be using the product. Ask for their feedback. Let them help you add to the quality standards and suggest acceptable ‘regional’ changes or other ideas to you using the framework or “Builder’s Checklist”.

Module 1 Preliminary Items
Unit 1 Plans and Engineering  
Unit 2 Site Requirements  
Module 2 Stage 1 - Concrete
Unit 1 Lot Preparation  
Unit 2 Mark, Drill, and Pour Piers  
Unit 3 Set Forms  
Unit 4 Form Sand  
Unit 5 Knock Down Sand  
Unit 6 Plumbing Ground Work  
Unit 7 Makeup - Rebar Foundation  - Preview  
Unit 8 Makeup - Cable Foundation  
Unit 9 Float Forms  
Unit 10 Foundation Inspection  
Unit 11 Place Concrete (aka Pour Slab)  
Unit 12 Cut Driveway In-Turn  
Unit 13 Cut Drives and Walks  
Unit 14 Set Flatwork Forms  
Unit 15 Pour Flatwork  
Unit 16 Tractor Work / Grading  
Module 3 Stage 2 - Frame
Unit 1 Rough Structure  
Module 4 Stage 3: Cornice and Shingles
Unit 1 Plumbing Top Out, Copper Piping  
Unit 2 Sheathing  
Unit 3 Exterior Trim (aka "Cornice")  
Unit 4 Roof Decking  
Unit 5 Fireplace Installation  
Unit 6 Paint 1- Prime House  
Unit 7 Shingles  - Preview  
Unit 8 A/C Rough  
Unit 9 Electric Rough  
Unit 10 Rough Clean 1  
Module 5 Stage 4: Inspections and Insulation
Unit 1 VA/FHA Frame Inspection  
Unit 2 City Structural Inspection  
Unit 3 Pre-Insulation Issues  
Unit 4 Insulation Installation  
Unit 5 Spray Foam Insulation and Insulation Baffles  
Unit 6 Insulation Inspection  
Module 6 Stage 5: Sheetrock and Exterior Surfaces
Unit 1 Sheetrock Installation  
Unit 2 Wall and Ceiling Texture  
Unit 3 Brick Installation, House  
Unit 4 Brick Installation, Fireplace, Prefab.  
Module 7 Stage 6: Interior Trim
Unit 1 Interior Trim  
Unit 2 Cabinets – Pre-Fab, Un-Finished  
Unit 3 Stair Parts - Custom Homes  
Unit 4 Rough Clean 2  
Unit 5 Cabinets - Custom Job Built  
Unit 6 Garage Doors  
Unit 7 Paint 2 - Interior Painting  
Unit 8 Final Grade 2  
Module 8 Stage 7: Cabinets and Stairs
Unit 1 Paint 3 - Exterior Painting  
Unit 2 Bath and Shower Tile  
Unit 3 Cabinets - Pre-Fab, Pre-Finished  
Unit 4 Stair Parts - Production Homes  
Unit 5 Hardware - Production Homes  
Unit 6 Kitchen Counters - Laminate  
Unit 7 Kitchen Counters - Granite or Quartz  
Unit 8 Bathroom Vanity Lavatory Tops – Granite or Quartz  
Unit 9 Bathroom Vanity Lavatory Tops - Cultured Marble  
Module 9 Stage 8: Completion
Unit 1 Flooring - Vinyl  
Unit 2 Weatherstripping  
Unit 3 Flooring, Wood Laminate  
Unit 4 Flooring, Marble Tiles  
Unit 5 Flooring, Tiles  
Unit 6 Plumbing Trim  
Unit 7 HVAC Trim  
Unit 8 Electrical Trim  
Unit 9 Install Hardware - Custom Home  
Unit 10 Final Clean #1 - Interior  
Unit 11 Rough Clean - Exterior, Final  
Unit 12 Final Paint Touch-Up  
Unit 13 Wall Coverings  
Unit 14 Mirrors  
Unit 15 Gutters  
Unit 16 Cedar Fence  
Unit 17 Sod  
Unit 18 Completion Checklist  
Unit 19 Carpet  - Preview  
Unit 20 Final Clean #2 - Interior  
Unit 21 Final Inspection