Everything Tampa Homebuyers Need to Know About Homes by WestBay

Whether you’re purchasing and building your first home or you’ve been through this process before, we understand the homebuying and building process can be overwhelming.

That’s why we created our “Created for You!” construction process. Your Construction Manager will guide your through each step of your home building journey through a series of eight regularly scheduled meetings, from the initial consultation to the final walkthrough.

Here’s what to expect during the home building process with Home by WestBay:

Step 1: Pre-Construction and Plan Review

This first meeting is critically important: it allows us to discuss the future steps of the building process and is our opportunity to answer any questions you may have. We want to make sure you have a complete understanding the building process.

During this meeting, we’ll review all plans and options very thoroughly and carefully with you to confirm your plan selections, including the chosen floor plan and the location of your home on the lot.

We will also verify the chosen floorplan, elevation, garage orientation, chosen options and design center selections, the Electrical and Low Voltage selections and locations, cabinet selections and layout, and pool (if selected).

As in every meeting, we’ll discuss site safety requirements, explain the construction schedule and any potential delays (like weather, material, and/or labor), provide estimated completion dates and schedule future meetings.

Step 2: Pre-Slab Orientation

Once the Building Permit is received, we’ll schedule this second meeting at your homesite so you can see some of the progress that’s been made. By then, we’ve made some progress on scraping the lot, placed form boards to show the orientation of the garage, the footings/foundation can be seen, preparation for any structural options, and placing underground plumbing and electrical and the steel rebars.

Step 3: Lintel/Block Orientation

This is what we call the “Peace of Mind” orientation. This unique opportunity enables you to see and learn more about the structural integrity of your home. You’ll be able to review and confirm window and door locations and other options like sliders, floor outlets, and hose bibs.

At the end of the meeting, we’ll review any changes to the estimated completion date, any potential delays revisions or delays, and schedule the next meeting.

Step 4: Pre-Drywall Orientation

It’s time to get excited: your home is now taking shape! At this point of construction, all structural selections are in place and you can see what’s happening behind the walls. We’ll also review landscaping and pool, if selected. At the end of the meeting, we’ll review any changes to the estimated completion date, any potential delays revisions or delays, and schedule the next meeting.

Step 5: Cabinet and Countertop Orientation

This meeting typically takes place about 3 to 4 weeks following the Pre-Drywall Orientation and gives you the opportunity to review your personalized selections. In addition to the installation of the cabinet countertops, we’ll ask you to confirm the correct cabinet style, color, personalized designs and hardware have been installed. Following the meeting, we’ll confirm and schedule the remaining three meetings.

Step 6: Grading Orientation

During this meeting, we’ll be discussing landscaping and will be the only chance to see how the drainage works on your lot. We’ll walk around your home and provide a detail explanation of your landscape beds and irrigation, tree placement, and show you’re the property line boundaries. The Construction Manager will also explain the effect fences and pools will have on drainage.

Step 7: Pre-Closing Orientation

We’re close to the end of the journey now. At this point, we’ll be about one week away from closing on your new Home by WestBay. During this meeting, we’ll provide detailed explanations and demonstrations of your home’s exterior, interior, garage, and the warranty procedures. Our main goal is to make sure we have delivered a great home that’s been built to last.

If, for any reason, you’ve identified any exemptions, we’ll document them on your punch list to complete prior to closing.

Step 8: Final Walk Through

The Final Walk Through is also our final meeting. Sometimes this is combined with the Pre-Closing Orientation, however, if we’ve created a punch list during your Pre-Closing Orientation, we’ll use this final walk through for you to verify the changes and updates have been completed.

We strive to deliver exceptional quality and value to homebuyers within their price range. Our ‘Created for You!’ construction process commitment helps us deliver an exceptional home buying experience at an outstanding value.

Come see the model homes located in several fine neighborhoods around Tampa. Model home hours are 10:00AM-6:00PM Daily, except Wednesday from 2:00PM-6:00PM and Sunday from Noon-6:00PM.