If you’re looking to build a new home, this is probably one of your first questions, apart from “how do I reduce building costs?”. Before you vacate your current property, you’ll want to have the timeline nailed down, so you’re not left waiting with nowhere to go.
The time it takes to build a new home will vary based on a number of factors. Depending on the location, builder, materials, complexity, and more, it can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year to build a new home.
In Australia, the average detached home now takes eight months to build; this is up from four-and-a-half months in 2000, according to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. You might be wondering why this has increased and the answer is, in large part, due to larger and more complicated designs that take longer to build as well as overworked builders.
If you’re considering buying a new home vs an old home, here is the average timeline you can expect for building a new home:
- Site Preparation
During the first week of construction, builders prepare the site. Any debris is cleared away and the ground is excavated. Soil will be tested and property lines will be marked for the outline of your home.
Once the site is prepared, builders will lay the foundation, which will take a few weeks. They’ll pour concrete footers before building the foundation. The time it takes to complete will depend on whether your home has a basic slab or a full basement. Typically, it’ll take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for the foundation to be laid.
Next, the internal walls, structure of the roof, and the basic framework will be completed. Again, this will depend on the size and design of the home. Your contractor will typically give you a time estimate of each phase.
- Internal and External Components
Once the framework is up, the electrical and mechanical elements, such as the HVAC system, plumbing, and electrical wiring will be added. Next, insulation will be added, along with internal walls, sliding glass doors, roof tiles, etc. Again, depending on the size and design, this could take up to two months.
- Home’s Interior
Now, you’ll start to see what looks like a real house! The builders will work on skirting, shelving, doors, and finer details.
- Finishing Touches
In the final stage, builders will be adding the finishing touches. This might include adding light fixtures, painting, flooring or tile installation. External details will be taken care of here as well, such as: paving, adding garden plants or fixtures, the letter box, etc.
After the final stage, your building site will be cleared and ready for the final inspection. You’ll do a walk-through and inspect your home, anything that needs to be fixed will be adjusted, and you’ll be ready to move in.
If you have questions about building a new home or real estate, contact us to speak to a qualified real estate agent. We’d be happy to offer advice.
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