First, before construction even begins, let’s make sure we have included a few procedures, that are going to be contributing factors to your overall build time.
Initial Meeting with The Builder
This is when you start putting your ideas together and coming up with an overall design and a basic floor plan. After a couple of more meetings with the builder you will work out more specific criteria for finishes and move towards a final design. This can take anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks.
Contracts and Permits
Once the final design is worked out this than turns into a project that can be quoted and a fixed price building proposal can be put together. Quoting the project and signing the contract can take anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks. Once the contract is signed the building permit process follows and this can take another 2 – 4 weeks.
All the permits have been finalised and approved. It is now time for the builder to start the Construction Scheduling process with the various tradesmen needed to complete the construction within the designated timeframe. While this is going on the homeowner is selecting the various finishes which are to be incorporated into the overall design.
The actual construction process could take anywhere from 12 – 16 and longer. Depending upon the complexity of the design, undesirable weather, the number of storeys, the slope of the land, easements involved and even trees to be removed, these all impact on the timeframe. Another element to remember is that sometimes the titling of land can be a lengthy process. So, if a buyer wants to build straight away, they need to ensure the land is ready to build on.
The last key factor that causes major time delays in constructing a new home is ‘unplanned changes. When buyers insist on features or a certain design concept for their new home during the building process (changes that were not scoped during the planning phase), delays in the process are almost always the result.
Reality TV shows have given people the wrong misconception, that you can do major works in 4, 5, or even 6 weeks. But in saying this most people have common sense and understand the process actually takes longer. It takes time to build a quality home.