Buying a house is exciting, but nothing quite matches the excitement of building a new home. It’s an opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and tailor a house to you and your lifestyle. But there are a lot of steps, which raises the question: how long does it take to build a new home?
Of course, there is no one answer to that question. It depends on a whole range of things, like the size of your house and where you are building it. Even the design you choose can affect the timeframe of your homebuilding project! On average, most home building projects take between four and twelve months. So let’s take a look at a few steps of building a new home; each step will inform the overall time taken for the build.
The first step to building a new home is preparing the block
So you’ve chosen your block of land and secured it – what now? First, breathe a sigh of relief! Choosing a block of land in Cairns is hard work – with so many excellent options to choose from. But don’t rest on your laurels; there’s plenty more to come. Few blocks are ready to build on straight away. So building a new home almost always starts with some excavations. On top of this, you have soil tests and engineers assessments, but they sometimes come prepared when you purchase your block. The excavations and soil tests are designed to make sure that your block is stable. Without a stable block, building a new home won’t be possible.
For most people, building a new home also involves laying a slab
Once the block is stabilised, you’re ready for step two of building a new home! This step might kick off anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two after the excavations. It all depends on the type of block you buy and the design you choose. The slab itself shouldn’t take too long though. The dimensions will be prepared and it will mainly just be a matter of pouring the concrete to the right specifications. But remember, all the steps so far are weather dependent. You can’t excavate or pour concrete in the rain, so some bad weather might set you back a few weeks.
If you’re building a new home on a sloped block, this can take a bit longer
We’ve mentioned that your design and choice of land can set you back a bit in terms of time. So let’s elaborate a little – starting with your choice of land. Generally, sloped blocks make for the longer home building projects. This is mainly because they are a bit harder to stabilise. If you choose an elevated home design, building on a sloped block will be a bit easier, because you won’t need such extensive excavations. Some sloped blocks are simply too steep for slabs too, so keep that in mind when choosing your home designs.
Building a new home with larger dimensions will also increase the time of the project
It almost goes without saying that larger homes take longer to build. But it’s worth a mention anyway. If you are looking at building a large two-storey home, your build time will be far longer than if you choose a single storey design. But don’t let that deter you – go for the home of your dreams!
Are you looking at building a new home but don’t want the wait? Try house and land packages
If these waiting times are putting you off a little bit, don’t worry – you still have options. One of the most popular options for new homebuyers is a house and land package. The diversity of their designs is normally enough to satisfy those who are looking for something a little more customised too. So get in touch with your homebuilder and see what they can come up with.