Post # 1
Our offer went ‘firm’on a new house (not built yet) in early October. We were told that the houses take about 5 months to build. Ours still hasn’t been started yet (no hole dug, no foundation poured) and we are about 4 and a half months to our closing date. I’m starting to worry that our house won’t be done on our closing date, that they’ll push it back. They said they wanted to pour the foundation before winter…well it’s already snowing here (although it’s starting to melt now).
How long did your house take to build from offer to closing? Was it done on time? Should I be worried yet?
Post # 2
Mine was two months behind. It’s about the frost laws where you are, because the big trucks can’t drive on the roads once they kick in. Yes, I’d be worried that it hasn’t been started yet. Did they give you a time line or ghantt chart?
Post # 3
Ours was dug the end of Sept. and we moved in end of Feb. We had the worst winter we have seen in 15 years, we had an awesome builder who pushed it to be on time. We also took 2 months before the hole was dug to finalize the contract, pick finishes ,and they had to get permits. Maybe thats what they are waiting for? some places take up to a month to get the proper permits.
Post # 4
We were told about 2-3 weeks ago that they had gotten the permits for it. We have picked out and finalized all of our flooring, cabinetry, upgrades, etc.
Post # 5
Tinatiny1: no, we never got a timeline. I’m tempted to ask for one though!
Post # 6
_blackbird_: I would ask them what is holding them back. Get a distinct answer. Unfortunately with builds things happen that slow everything down, especially in the lead up to and during winter.
Find out a timeline from them and get it in writing. You need to have an estimated finish date from them and have a contract saying that if it takes over a certain amount of time they will compensate you for your added costs (of renting or whatever).
Post # 7
Ours broke ground July and our contract has a close date of 1/15/15 but the builder keeps saying he’s going to push for a late Dec finish. That being said, it seems like we go through weeks where not much is done and then we see one week where we are like dang, they did a butt load! I would talk to the builder (preferably thru email so you can have written proof) and just ask them to give you a timeline. They should know when you can expect plumbing in, electric wiring, insulation, framing, etc and then when finish out items will start! Best of luck! Its a long wait but it’ll be so worth it! I know I can’t wait to be in mine!!
Post # 8
We bought in early August. Our foundation was already poured.
We close Dec 17th. Our builder has an excellent on time track record. And we were told at our framing walk thru that we would not have any delays. The other builder in our development is delaying everywhere.
Post # 9
_blackbird_: We signed to build our house in December 2013. We went to the “Design Center” (where you make selections like cabinets, floors, finishings) in February 2014. They started building in March 2014 and we closed on our home in June 2014. So about 6 months for the process, but only about 3 1/2-4 months in total for building.
It’s possible for them to finish, but since they haven’t poured the foundation, it could get delayed depending on weather. Once the general structure is up, the process can move along without weather delays. But if the ground freezes or there is a huge storm, then it will get delayed.
Have you spoke with your sales rep or the construction manager? They should be updating you or give you more information.
Post # 10
Congrats and best of luck! Ours started in April and we moved in first week on October.
Post # 11
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i think the process is a little different between UK and US but our new build started to be built in mid May and we move in on Dec 8th. the build took about 7 months but they built the whole street (8 houses) at the same time.
fingers crossed yours will stay on scheduele.xx
Post # 12
We started talking with our builder in June, broke ground September after there was issues with the lot. Since then he had pushed it two months and is saying he might push it again. Yours seems to be really far behind schedule, I would definitely ask for an update.
If our builder pushes the date again he will hear about it from me as they haven’t done work for about three weeks now and theres no reason they shouldn’t be. My SO met with the builder last Friday and told him “You’re lucky you’re meeting with me and not Miss S”. The builder should be afraid, very afraiiiid haha. (So glad my SO is so calm and collected all the time :p)
Be prepared to be very frustrated when you do ask for a date. Also, it’s not fun to be kept in the dark, I would suggest asking if they could possibly let you know when significant updates are complete (breaking ground, framed, drywalled, etc.). Good Luck!
Post # 13
My parents own a custom home construction company. Timelines are so dependent on the house. Most of their houses (mine included, which is currently being built) take about 7 months as they are fairly large and detailed. Conversely, a semi-custom mass produced company (like Ryan homes) take around 4. Even my own father is hesitant to give a real date to us bc one piece being delayed or one sub contractor missing a day throws everything off.
Here was our timeline:
- December 2013 – started working on prints
- May 2014 – print completed, started pulling permits
- June 2014 – broke ground
- end of December 2014 – aiming to move in!
Fingers crossed that you have a seamless, quick build! The only real hold up I’d see for you is that they might not finish some outside work. We will have to wait to paint our trim and put in our driveway until spring.
Post # 14
_blackbird_: ps I just remember you from this post (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/we-almost-have-a-roof/) glad the offer went through and excited you are beginning the fun part!
Post # 15
It’s kind of frustrating because we never actually get to speak with the builder, just their rep. I emailed today asking when our foundation will be poured, and asked a couple other things, so fingers crossed they come back with a satisfactory answer. It’s just frustrating because they already have 2 model homes up and running and started a third AFTER ours went firm – you’d think they’d want to get the people’s homes done who they’ve already given a set end date to before starting on a 3rd model home! I’m just worried that if they don’t pour the foundation within the week basically that it’ll be too cold to do it and we’ll be extremely delayed!
I’m not really liking this new build thing at the moment… We’ve already been forgotten about once (we were supposed to be contacted within 2 weeks of our firm date, 3 weeks past the date we asked about it and they were like oh yeah! We’ll have the designer call you) so I’m hoping we aren’t being forgotten about again!