By Rich Cosgrove, President Stark Trumbull Area REALTORS®

Have you ever wondered what exactly a home builder does to help achieve your picture-perfect house? With Labor Day being celebrated on September 6, 2021, now is a great time to appreciate the hard work of those who are often working behind the scene. While many future and current homeowners work directly with contractors and may rarely interact with home builders, they are an invaluable asset to making your dream home a reality. So, you may be asking, what exactly do they do?

Contrary to what you may think, homebuilders do much more than the overbearing grunt work of erecting a house. According to, they are responsible for many other roles such as keeping the project on schedule, ensuring that all trades are delivering quality work, identifying, solving, and preventing any problems that may occur during and after construction, and finalizing any last-minute tasks that may need to be completed.

On average and depending on how large the project is, a house can be completed in as few as three to six months, according to Homebuilders ensure that the project is completed according to a plan set prior to the beginning of construction. While issues such as environmental conditions can cause a delay, homebuilders will do their best to keep on schedule and finalize their work within the timeframe set before construction is underway.

Homebuilders keep a close eye on any issues that could cause long-term problems after you move in. They are equipped to protect your wallet by bringing any major concerns to you before they escalate or proceed with building. With the creation of a brand-new home, there are many things that can go wrong at any moment. With someone who has a trained eye, most problems are resolved quickly and without the knowledge of the homeowners!

When building a house, several trade professionals will be involved to make sure you have running water, power, and a multitude of other necessary items to make your home habitable. Homebuilders make sure that when you step in your front door for the first time that you have working lights, leveled tiles, functioning HVAC, and so on. Think of them as your backup to keep your home problem-free for generations to come. In addition, if something arrives damaged or does not meet your quality expectations, a home builder will ensure that it will be replaced or fixed before it is finished.

Lastly, homebuilders spend the final moments of the project assuring that everything is completed and ready for you to move in. This is a vital step that many homebuilders take that can prevent any problems that may arise in the future and can verify that all your needs have been met.

Homebuilders work hand in hand with those who manufacture items before they are put in place. Don’t forget to thank those who provided the pieces that made your house feel like home. From the siding, brick, stone, or woodworkers, cabinetry manufacturers, window designers, and structure support workers, they contribute too.

Whenever you are out and notice a home under development, you can think about all the hard work and dedication many have put into finishing them on time and with amazing results. Happy Labor Day to all of those who make many current and future homeowner’s dreams come true!

Rich Cosgrove is the President of Stark Trumbull Area Realtors which serves Stark, Carroll, and Trumbull counties. Visit the website for a complete listing of Realtor and Affiliate members. If you have any questions or comments on this article, please contact Cosgrove by email at

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