How long does it take to build a new home

House construction may take three months to over a year depending on the square footage, weather conditions, schedule, supplies, etc. You need to prepare yourself for any changes or problems that may come along the house construction process that’s why it is best that you have an open communication with the homebuilder and be aware of the step by step process. But what’s most important is giving your extra patience and understanding along the way.

The 2016 Survey of Construction from the Census Bureau stated that 7.5 months is the average time it takes to complete a house [1]. The time it takes to build a house also depends if your home is custom-built or personalized.

But before you think of the time it takes to build the house, you must make sure that you are going to live in a place that you will feel contented with your family. It wouldn’t hurt to create some background check around the area you choose. Your security and safety should come first especially to those who are planning to have kids and raise them in that place. Once you have decided or created a list of prospective locations that you feel safe to live in, you are now ready to choose the type of house you want.

Custom-built houses generally take 10-16 months to finish. This is because you must find the suitable land and create a workable floor plan to perfectly fit the land you chose. In this case, you need to adjust and to think of creative ideas to enhance the land and to build a lovely house. Most people hire professionals as they go through with the process to avoid wasting time. You also need your hundred percent involvement to make sure that you like the location, position, and plans for the house that you are going to build.

Personalized production homes, on the other hand, takes four to six months, because this option provides you with the land and house as a package deal. It means there is no separate payment for the land and the house. You also do not need to hire architects because there are already existing plans to choose from. Therefore, personalized production homes usually have faster construction process. But these types of houses, although pre-planned, can give rooms for buyers to insert their own ideas and creativity. Buying a personalized production homes does not hinder buyers in their freedom to make necessary changes they want.

Knowing your needs and your priority will help you choose what house you want. If there are no available houses in the personalized production options that suit your needs, you can talk to professionals to give you advice, and to compare costs if ever you choose a custom-built house. This will give you a clearer mind on what to choose for a house. Once you have settled in with a decision, you can now be sure of the timetable for the completion of your dream house.


What is the construction process when building a new home

The process of home construction is a very exciting and overwhelming experience especially to first-time homeowners. Knowing how the process works and establishing a healthy relationship with the home builders can make the process go smoothly as your home finishes.

The first step is planning. Extensive planning of the house should be discussed with the home builders before construction so there would be a clear understanding on what everyone expects and what would really happen as you go through the process. If you have more than one builder tender documents and contracts shall take place. It is best that you know and you trust the builders of the house. The contingency sums, prime cost schedules, preferred subcontractors, lump sum vs cost plus, and contracts are also executed.

Next is preparing the site and creating a foundation. This is where a lot of digging and clearing happens, and footings are installed. The foundation is necessary to make sure that your house is going to be sturdy and intact as they build the house. If you plan to have a full basement, then you are going to wait for the concrete to cure. In some regions, inspections may happen after the curing to check if the construction has abided the rules and safety of building a house. When all of these is done, you will now proceed to the next step which is building the skeleton of the house.

Building the skeleton includes the roof, the walls, and the floor. Builders will put a protective wrap around the sheathing of the house to prevent water from seeping through the walls which leads to molds. As the whole framing is done, most people’s enthusiasm starts to really fire up because they can now see the actual size of the house, its shape, and its appearance.

The next step is the completion of the rough plumbing and installation of the electrical wires and HVAC. Your roof and walls are now being completed in this stage and the wirings for electric outlets and the water lines are traced all over the house. Then, when all the paths are secured, an electrician will now install some receptacles, secure the breakers, and everything that involves electricity.

The last step is the whole interior and exterior work. In this stage there will be inspections that may occur from time to time as the house is getting nearer to be finished. The walls are being painted, the drywalls are hung and taped, the flooring is laid, cabinets, kitchen, bathroom, porches, and decks are being installed, and the driveway and walk ways are put.

Further finishing touches of the house is part of the last step. After a lot of construction and hard work, money, and effort, you now have a completely finished house. It is exciting to see that what was once your dream house, has finally happened in real life.