As the title states, How long does it really take to build a house? We are weighing up building or buying. The builders all say a 16 week build time but people we have spoken to have said more like 12 months. I guess this is wet weather? Waiting for building to actually start etc. Is there much prep work for the land prior to construction commencing? We r completly new to this so ALL advice greatly appreciated
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26-06-2012 11:08 #1Senior Member
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How long does it REALLY take to build?
26-06-2012 11:11 #2-
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12 months we were told, 16 weeks is for the actual construction time. We are 4 weeks into building, we were told actual construction won't start until approximately 30 weeks.
26-06-2012 11:11 #3
From start of building to keys handed over - 9 weeks
26-06-2012 11:39 #4
I haven't had a house built yet, but my husband has qualifications in building site supervision, and he is quite wary of any builders who say they can hand you the keys in under three months. Lots of builders speed up processes and don't actually allow enough time for good practice (I.e start putting up frames before the foundation has been left long enough to settle and set properly).
26-06-2012 11:39 #5Senior Member
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We were told 6 months from signing to handover but the slab wasn't poured for 8 months due to various delays. Ended up being around 14 months total
26-06-2012 11:43 #6
The actual build is approx 16wks. There is a lot if prep time, evening of the block if needed, permits etc from council all take their sweet time and of course weather comes into play. If one thing gets delayed it puts everything out of whack
26-06-2012 12:17 #7
From slab being laid to keys being handed over we were about 6 months - whole time from signing on however was 13 months.
With building there are so many 'hidden extras' some cheaper builders don't include - I'd make sure the price they quote you includes everything you want
A GF recently was quoted $80k higher final price than the initial advertised price - everything seems to be an add on with some builders!
Do your homework!
26-06-2012 12:33 #8
From signing to handover it was 9 months. Actual construction time was around 4.5 months.
26-06-2012 12:39 #9
it really depends in what you are building and the site you are building on. iv had clients complete in as little as 14 weeks from slab and others well over a year. you have to buy and settle on land, council planning takes 6 weeks sometimes more, drc (if applicable), slab cutting, retaining, weather effects timing, different trades effect timing, size and detail effect timing. who are you looking to build with ?
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26-06-2012 13:08 #10
Something to watch for some education would be a grand designs episode, to show stages of the process and delays and pitfalls people can experience.
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