(Closed) New build – how long did it take?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 2
12220 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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?

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  BalletParker.
Post # 3
2574 posts
Sugar bee

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 # 6
1848 posts
Buzzing bee

_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
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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
4035 posts
Honey bee

_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
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Congrats and best of luck! Ours started in April and we moved in first week on October. 

Post # 11
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

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
460 posts
Helper bee

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!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  MissStoGee.
Post # 13
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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.

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