Home Construction Tips

What is the average time to build a home?

The 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around seven months, which usually includes around 25 days from authorisation to start and another six months to finish the construction. The timeline from authorisation to completion, however, is not consistent across the nation, depending on the housing category, the geographic location, and metropolitan status.

Among all the single-family houses completed in 2014, houses built for sale took the shortest time, six months to completion after obtaining building permits, while houses built by owners required the longest time, 11.5 months. Single-family homes built by hired contractors had around eight months from permit to completion, and homes built for rent normally needed between 9 and 10 months. Compared to a prior 2012 analysis, the average permit-to-completion timespan of single-family houses built for sale and rent was one month longer in 2014.

A large proportion of single-family homes built for sale and on owners’ land built by either owners or contractors began construction within the same month after obtaining building authorizations. However, homes built for rent typically had a one-month lag between permits and construction start in 2014.

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Constructing Your New Home — A Week-by-Week Timeline

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Week 1: Groundbreaking/Site Excavation/Footings

Just think of all the images of groundbreaking events you’ve seen – but, this time, this exciting moment belongs to you. Watch as your contractor maps the layout of the home on your property, and his team gets ready to level the site to ensure proper drainage and clear out debris, rocks, and trees. The first step in building your home is now underway.   

The home’s foundation sits on its footings – the concrete base that is the lowest part of the home. Footings carry the weight of the entire structure and are usually set about four feet below the frost line to protect your home from soil moisture.

Week 2-3: Foundation

With the footings all set and inspected, it’s time to pour the concrete on the foundation – which can be a full basement, a slab, or crawl space. Since this is the backbone of the home, it must stay dry and free of cracks. Also, there should be anchor bolts that tie the framing structure into the foundation.  Finding the right home constructions company Melbourne is an important decision. Check out our range of the best home design constructions at Hitch Property Constructions.

Week 4-5: Framing

Once the concrete is set and completely dry, the next step is building the framework or the “skeleton” of your house, which will be based on your chosen floor plan. The exterior walls are the first to be framed, followed by the floors and roof rafters. “Sheathing” is then applied to the walls and roof. Next, it’s covered with a protective barrier known as a house wrap which prevents liquid water from infiltrating the structure, while allowing water vapour to escape. An inspection comes at the completion of initial framing – making sure the job has been done properly. 

Week 6-7: Mechanicals

Once the frame – or skeleton of the home – is finished, your home builder and his crew can start work on siding and roofing as well as wiring and plumbing in the new home. Expect to see wires, pipes, sewer lines, and vents running through the floor, walls, and ceilings as water heaters and the HVAC system are installed. More inspections will follow after the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems are in place.

Week 7-8: Insulation/Drywall

At almost the midpoint of the building process insulation is installed in walls. Next, the interior walls and ceilings are covered with drywall or plasterboard, then sanded and primed. The first coat of paint may also be applied at this time.

Week 9-11: Flooring/Trim/Paint

From here on, things will get more fun and exciting. Flooring is ready to be installed – you can choose between wood, ceramic or vinyl. Carpeting comes at a later stage – but interior doors, cabinets, mouldings, built-in shelves, and other pieces of carpentry are fitted into place. After the trim is put up, the second coat of paint is applied to the drywall.

Week 12-13: Exterior Facade

Contractors begin installing exterior finishes such as brick, stucco, stone, and siding. The outside of your home will begin to come to life.

Week 14: Fixtures/Appliances/Interior Finish

At this juncture, trade professionals (electricians, plumbers, subcontractors) will create a lot of traffic in and out of the house to install light fixtures, plugs, faucets, bathtubs, toilets, sinks, shower units, cabinets, countertops, and appliances. If you decide to have carpeting in the home, this is the time the carpet should be installed.

Week 15: More Exterior Work-Driveways/Walkways/Doors

It’s recommended that homeowners wait until all the interior finishes and trim work are completed before installing driveways, walkways, and exterior doors – to avoid any potential damage when heavy furniture is hauled inside the house.

Week 16: Interior Clean Up

With fixtures and furniture all set inside the home, it’s time for a thorough clean up to get ready for “moving day.”

You’re almost there!

Week 17: Landscape Work

And now, it’s just the landscaping to think about! Walkways are framed by shrubs, trees, flowers, and grass to create an attractive and appealing facade. It’s important to work with the landscapers to design the yard you want. You can always add flowers, gardens, and trees at a later time, but now is a good time to get the foundational landscape pieces completed.

Week 18: Inspection

An inspection by a building-code official is conducted to ascertain that everything is correct according to standard regulations. A certificate of occupancy is issued once the inspector determines that there are no errors or code violations.

Week 19: Walk-Through and Review

You’ve passed the final inspection – and now, your builder will give you a “tour” – otherwise called a “pre-settlement demonstration” – of your home – from top to bottom, so that you can familiarise yourself with all the features and systems involved. Be your own “inspector” and carefully examine fixtures and appliances for any defects or damage.

Be sure you are comfortable – and satisfied – with everything in your new home before closing the deal. If you see any issues, now is the time to point them out and get them fixed by your contractor.

Week 20: Closing

This is it! The moment you’ve been waiting for all these months. Take your keys… and, welcome to your new home!

How Long Does it Take to Build a House? Some Factors to Consider

As you will see, it is not always easy to predict how long it will take to build a home. A rough estimate is six months, although more challenging projects can take well over a year.

List of the most important factors that will dictate your construction schedule.

The Complexity of the Project

If a house has complicated or unique features, it will take longer to build.

A modular home (a house built off-site) can be finished in as little as three months. Any home with a simple structure that has been previously replicated will also take less time to build than average.

However, custom home builders will naturally require more time. Personalisations take time to install and to get right, especially if they are uncommon or challenging to produce.

The Size of the House

This one is fairly straightforward; as a rule of thumb, the bigger a house is, the longer it will take to put up.

The Hired Labor

The builders in charge of the job will have a huge bearing on its timeframe. Simply put, some are just better than others.

It is important to note that there are other considerations when choosing contractors than just their reputation for speed. It’s better to have a well-built home than a quickly-built home.

However, if the timing is a priority for you, make sure to hire efficient workers.

The Weather

The last one is something you won’t have much control over unless you’re deliberately building somewhere that gets sun all the time.

Continuous rain can have disastrous effects on a building schedule. Once-off weather events like hurricanes can also cause significant setbacks over a short space of time.

Of course, there are measures that can be taken to mitigate weather risk. Many builders begin work in the spring so that their site is weatherproofed by the time winter arrives. Check out our extensive range of home designs at Hitch Constructions.

When Will My House Finished?

As you can see, the question, “how long does it take to build a house?” is not one with a simple answer. The length of time taken depends on a number of factors.

Whatever the deadline may be, building a home for yourself is a challenge with rewards like no other. If you decide that you want to take the plunge, don’t let anything stop you from building the house of your dreams,

Factors That Can Slow Down New Construction Builds

Ideally, every step of the process will go as smoothly as possible when you build a new construction house. But the reality of new home construction is usually a bit more complicated than that, and minor (or sometimes major) delays are always going to be possible.

There are a few factors that tend to put the brakes—at least temporarily—on new construction builds:

Authorisation process. 

The amount of time that it takes to get authorisation and permits from the local Planning and Building Department may vary. However, as previously noted, the U.S. Census Bureau reports this takes a month on average. If you come across any issues though, such as zoning problems, easements, or property line disputes, it’s going to take longer to get the go-ahead. Fortunately, if you’re building your home in a new housing development much of the legal issues have already been cleared, and it’ll just be a matter of getting the final “OK” from the town or city.

Weather. 

The weather is a huge variable in how long it takes to build a new construction house. Temperature and precipitation can both affect the timeline of a build since in addition to possibly slowing down the workers themselves these factors can directly impact the amount of time it takes to do things like set the concrete for a home’s foundation and get the framing up. Once the house is under a roof; however, the building time shouldn’t be so dependent on the conditions outside.

Location and topography. 

Where you’re building your home matters, some soil varieties are tougher to break through and build in (such as clay), and topographical details like hills and rocks can also slow down the process. Your builder should have a good idea about the environmental conditions of a plot of land before the build starts, so be sure to ask questions and find out if any delays are anticipated.

Builder experience and crew. 

Inexperienced builders will usually take longer to finish a project, whereas those that have been in the industry for years tend to have it down to a science. If you’re looking to hire a contractor for your build and you want it to be complete as soon as possible, look for someone with a lot of experience who is confident about both the process and the amount of time it will take to finish. The size and quality of their crew will factor in too, with larger, more efficient crews helping to make the build happen faster.

Construction style. 

The more standard your floor plan and design features, the less amount of time your build is likely to take. So while there is certainly nothing wrong with getting fancy with your new home plan, expect that any unique structural or interior choices that you make are going to require more time to complete, and set your expectations accordingly.

Another notable variable in the time it takes to build a new construction house is the client. In a custom build development, most—if not all—of the decisions that you make about your home will be finalised before construction begins, so there won’t likely be any delays from changing preferences. But clients can slow down the process by requesting regular oversight of the build. For efficiency’s sake, it’s a good idea to stick to the standard walkthrough schedule, which usually includes a couple of visits with your lead contractor after major systems have been put into place and then again once the drywall is up.

Building outside of a development? You’ll have more leeway to make changes, but any changes that you make will ultimately slow down the process.

Tips For Getting a New Home Built Faster

You don’t want to rush a new home build since that could have a direct effect on the quality and safety of the final construction. But there are things that you can do to speed up the process itself and reduce the amount of time it takes before you can settle into your new home.

Know What You Want

Do some of your research and planning before starting the design process of your new home. There are a lot of decisions that you’re going to have to make, from what type of flooring you want to where you want your light switches to go, and it can be hard to make those choices on the spot. If you do research ahead of time, you should have a better idea of what you want going into the process, which should reduce the number of design sessions you require to finalise the details.

Get a Mortgage Pre-Approval

It’s always smart to know what you’re working with financially before you get started on your build. A mortgage pre-approval will help you establish your budget so that you know what you can afford when it comes to features and upgrades. While you won’t be able to lock in your interest rate until the build is complete (since that’s when the loan will go through), you can at least get assurance that when the time comes, you’ll be covered.

If you’re building outside of a development project, financing will look a little bit different. Instead of a mortgage, you’re going to need to get approved for a construction loan, which you can then refinance into a standard mortgage once the build is complete. Again, the sooner you start this process, the sooner you’ll have your financing in place and can move forward.

Be Cool, Kind, and Respectful

Making harsh demands isn’t likely to result in your home getting built any faster. Instead, make it a priority to form a positive relationship with your contractor that’s built on mutual trust and respect. There’s a higher chance then that they’ll go to bat for you when it comes to getting things done efficiently, as well as keeping you informed and up-to-date as the build progresses.

When in doubt, ask! While you don’t want to hover over every step of the process, it’s perfectly fine to ask plenty of questions before and during the build to get an idea of how long it’s all going to take. This has the added benefit of setting your expectations in order so that you’re not simply left wondering when your new home is going to be ready for move-in.

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