5 things you need to know about your house building timeline.
Originally I had planned to write a post all about what a house building timeline looks like.
But when I sat down to write it I realized I was just not up to the task.
So much of your timeline is subjective to things like where you live, the size of the home build, if you are digging a basement, the experience of the contractor, etc.
Instead of giving you a month by month timeline for your home build (you can see our monthly house building updates here), I decided to share a few things that we learned that will help you better understand your house building timeline & the adjustments that may occur throughout the process.
I hope you enjoy these tips & that they help you as you embark on the wonderful journey of building your dream home!
1. The Weather Affects Everything
I had no idea that the weather was going to affect our house building project so much.
From the very beginning, the weather was calling the shots.
Our basement was dug, poured, & ready for wood, but then the clouds opened up & it rained for 6-7 weeks.
We would probably already be in our house if not for that month of rain.
Also, it’s been so cold this winter it has caused some delays in finishing the drywall & painting.
But there is nothing you can do about the weather except wait & be patient.
2. Be Prepared with Your Decisions
If you already know what you want or are quick at making decisions you are more likely to stay on track with your building timeline.
However, if you take a week to make every decision then you can easily expect your house building project to take longer than what was originally estimated for at the beginning.
3. The Holiday Season
This one really depends on the type of contractor you have, so make sure to find a good one (I have tips to help you find the right contractor here).
If your contractor has great crews lined up then you don’t have to worry about them bailing at Christmas time.
Everyone kept telling me that construction would come to a screeching halt around Thanksgiving & wouldn’t start again until the New Year.
That was totally NOT the case for us.
Although there was a slight slow down they kept plugging along through the holiday season which helped keep our timeline on track!
4. Making Changes
Naturally, if you are constantly changing your mind after walls are built or orders delivered then your timeline will be extended to make up for these time eater changes.
You definitely want to make sure that you get what you want since you are paying a whole lot of money to build your dream home, just remember that those changes will cost time (& potentially more money).
And in the grand scheme of things that time may not be a big deal to you.
Also, sometimes this goes the other way & if someone builds the wrong thing or paints something the wrong color it still takes time to get fixed.
5. Be Flexible
Sometimes things are just completely out of your control & your contractor’s control.
And while it can be frustrating when things don’t go according to plan or aren’t exactly the way you had hoped or planned you have to remember that nothing on this earth is going to be perfect.
I just keep reminding myself that this isn’t our forever home (John 14:2-3) & that we just need to be patient because we will eventually be in this beautiful dream home that we’ve been blessed to build.
If you want to read tips about building a house you can click here to read all of my house building tips that range from finding the right contractor to saving money before you even start building your dream home, to tips on where to place electrical outlets, & you can even see a month by month progression of our house being built!
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With love, Giusti
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Psalm 33:1 NIV