What is the average time it takes to build a new house?

    It takes a lot of thought to decide whether to build a house from scratch. You also need to consider how long it will take before you can move in. Moving into new construction is more complicated than moving into a pre-built home. Additional time will be needed to design your home and complete all details. First Florida Construction was founded more than 40 years ago. They have a reputation for being a leader in luxury building construction. Paul Kleinfeld and his carefully selected team are known for their attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and team approach. They have a reputation for providing superior building practices to discerning clients.

    When you are building a new house, it is ideal that every step will be as smooth as possible. However, new home construction can be a little more complex than that. Minor (or even major) delays can always be expected.

    There are some factors that can temporarily halt new construction.

    Authorization process. It may take longer to obtain authorization and permits from your local Planning and Building Department. However, as noted previously, this usually takes about a month. It will take longer to get approval if you have any problems such as zoning issues, easements or property line disputes. It’s not difficult to build your home in a new housing community. Most of the legal issues are already resolved and it will just take a few minutes to get the “OK” from the city or town.

    Weather. Weather can have a significant impact on the time it takes to build a house. The time taken to build a house can be affected by temperature and precipitation. These factors, in addition to slowing down workers, can also impact the construction timeline. The building process shouldn’t depend on weather conditions once the house has been built.

    Topography and location. It matters where you build your home. Some soil types are more difficult to build in and break down (such as clay), while topographical details such as hills and rocks can slow down the process. Before the build begins, your builder must have an idea of the environment on the plot. Ask questions to find out about any potential delays.

    Experience and skills of the builders. Experienced builders are more likely to take longer to complete a project than those who have been in this industry for many years. You want your project to be completed quickly so you hire someone who has a lot of experience and is confident in the process. You will also need to consider the size and quality their crew. Larger, more efficient crews can make your build go faster.

    Construction style. Your build will take less time if you have a standard floor plan and include design features. While it is fine to be creative with your home plan, you should expect that unique interior or structural choices will take more time.

    The client is another important variable that affects the time taken to build a new house. A custom build development will allow you to make most, if not all, of the decisions about your home before construction starts. This means that there won’t be delays if you change your mind. Clients can request regular oversight to slow down the construction process. It’s best to follow the standard walkthrough schedule. This usually includes visits with your contractor after major systems are in place, and again once the drywall has been up.

    What about building outside of a development? While you will have more flexibility to make changes, any changes made will eventually slow down the process.

    Tips to get a new home built faster

    It is not a good idea to rush a home construction project as this could impact the safety and quality of the finished product. There are some things you can do to speed the process and cut down on the time required before you can move into your new home.

    Find out what you want

    Before you start designing your home, do your research. You will need to make many decisions, including what flooring you choose and where your light switches should be placed. It can be difficult to make these decisions on the spot. You can reduce the amount of design sessions required if you do your research before you start the process.

    Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage

    Before you start building, it’s smart to understand your financial situation. Pre-approval for a mortgage will allow you to establish your budget and determine what features and upgrades you can afford. While you will not be able lock in your interest rates until your build is completed (since that’s when your loan will go through), it will give you some assurance that you will be covered when that time comes.

    Financing will be a bit different if you are not building as part of a development. Instead of getting a mortgage, you will need to be approved for a construction loan. Once the build is completed, you can refinance to a standard mortgage. This is a good idea. The sooner you get started, the sooner your financing will be in place.

    Be cool, kind, and respectful

    Your home will not be built faster if you make unreasonable demands. Make it a priority for you to build a relationship with your contractor based on mutual respect and trust. You have a better chance of them being there for you in the end, helping you get things done efficiently and keeping you up to date as the construction progresses.


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