How Long Does it Take to Build a House and What Affects the Speed?
If you're about to start building your dream home we bet you have lots of questions, including 'how long does it take to build a home?' At Fortress Home we have a very thorough planning process and like to be honest and open with all our clients about the timescales for their construction. This means we commit to milestones we can achieve and always meet our deadlines. Here we offer you some advice on how to reduce the construction time and let you know what factors can influence the speed of build.
How fast can you build a house?
While people are interested in the average build time for a new home the question they usually want to know the answer to is 'how fast can you build a house?' The answer to this depends on many factors.
The average time to build a single-family home is seven months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but this can vary from as little as three months to well over a year, or even longer for particularly complex and large custom homes.
With factors like weather, materials, and worker availability having a major impact on the timeframe to build a house more specifics are needed to give a precise answer to how long it will take for your exact house.
Because many of these factors are location-specific (especially the climate), the answer to the question 'how long does it take to build a new home?' will vary a lot from state to state. For example, in the Southern region, it takes on average 5.9 months to build a new house, while in the Northeast that average figure leaps to a hefty 10.7 months.
What factors impact the housebuilding speed?
Weather and topography
Before the build even starts the topography, or land your plot is on can cause delays. If there are large rocks or underground water sources that weren't previously known about they can increase the amount of time needed to prepare the land before construction can even begin.
Remote building sites also have access issues and getting materials and workers to the site may take longer than usual.
The weather can also have a major impact on certain steps in the process. The foundations need dry weather to set and temperature and humidity can increase the amount of time it takes for your foundation to be ready. The framing and roof need to be erected during dry weather as well, to avoid damaging the materials and getting water into the site. But fortunately, once the roof is on and sealed weather becomes less of a factor.
Contractor or owner-builder
Another major factor that will decide the speed of the build early on in the process is whether you decided to build the house yourself or if you work with a dependable contractor. The average build times are:
Contractor-built for sale home - 6 months
Contractor-built custom home - 9 months
Owner-built home - 12 months
The increase in time for owner-built homes is likely due to a combination of inexperience, lack of subcontractor contacts, and uncertainty about the planning and inspection process.