The Best Time of Year to Build a House

The Best Time of Year to Build a House
03/05/2020

Deciding when to build a house raises many questions.

How long will it take? Is there an ideal time build? Will the weather be an issue?

While the best time to build depends on many factors, the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions can help you decide when to build.

How long does it take to build a house?

One of the most important factors in determining the length of a project is the type of construction.

According to the Census Bureau’s 2016 Survey of Construction, production homes may take 4-6 months while large, custom-built homes can take up to 16 months.

At Premier, we pride ourselves on efficient, timely builds. Once you have the land, we can have you in your custom home in as little as 4-5 months, well below the national averages.

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Will the weather slow us down?

In the spring and summer, rain can sometimes delay certain parts of the process. In the fall and winter, a winter freeze could interfere with digging.

Because every season has weather conditions that might hold up a project, pouring a foundation and getting the framing and roof on a house is critical to making good progress. Once those tasks are done, the weather is typically no longer a factor.

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Are there advantages to building in the ‘off-season’?

Typically, the summer months are the busiest for home construction. For some builders, finding available labor can sometimes be challenging. At Premier, we have a well-established team and our ability to complete projects is not impacted by the season.

One thing we have noticed: Permits can often be acquired quicker in the winter months, as government agencies are less backed up.

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Is there an ideal time to build?

The good news is…not really!

Spring or summer can be great for beginning a project. In addition to a lesser chance of weather interference, the days are longer, allowing crews to work longer with plenty of sunlight.

On the other hand, permits can be approved more quickly in colder months, fewer projects are happening at that time and the likelihood of weather slowing us down is relatively slim.

In the end, the best time to build is when you’re ready.

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How can you make sure you choose the best time to build your new home?

Call Jerry. Because we believe in constant communication, and because Jerry and his team are always on-site, managing every detail, there are very few surprises.

We spend a lot of time upfront with pre-planning and decision making so that once everyone is ready to go, we get a plan in place to get there as quickly and as smoothly as possible, saving time and money in the long run.

Critical to our efficiency is our web-based software that makes it easy to keep our clients informed and our projects on track.

If you have questions about our timelines, call 201-370-3274 . Jerry’s always happy to talk to clients and answer questions about how this process works.

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