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How Long Does It Take to Build a New House?

Building a new home is an exciting time. However, before signing the contract and commencing the build, it’s only natural to have a few questions. How much will it end up costing? How long before I can move in? Having a clear understanding of what to expect will help put you at ease and ensure a smoother building process. Metronest Homes is one the leading new home builders in Melbourne’s west, with a reputation for exceptional workmanship and customer service. We are often asked by clients how long it takes to complete a new home. In an ideal world there would be a simple answer, however, in reality there are many variables that can impact the timeframe. Read on to find out more.

What are the Factors That Can Affect the Completion Time of a New Home Build?

When it comes to building a new home, there many factors than can influence how long the project will take. While sometimes there are additional issues which are out of the builder’s control, the most commonly noted factors include:

The Type of Construction – Custom Home Vs Standard Plan

On average, custom designed homes take around nine months to complete, whereas the timeframe for standard floorplans (offered by project and volume builders) averages around seven months. This is due to the fact that floorplans used by larger builders have been built many times before, so there are generally fewer delays. A custom home may include more variations that the builder will need to work out, and may also include bespoke materials that are harder to source or construction techniques that need specialised contractors. As a general rule, the more standard your floorplan, the quicker the build. While it is perfectly acceptable to design a house with unique structural elements and bespoke features and finishes, it’s important to understand that these often require more time to complete.

Permits and Pre-Construction Works

Local councils all take varying times to review and approval plans and issue the required permits. One council may take weeks to give approval while a neighbouring council may take months. Additionally, no two house blocks are the same, therefore the work required to clear the lot and have it ready for construction can vary greatly depending on the location, soil and surrounding environment.

The Weather

Unfortunately, in Melbourne our weather is very unpredictable. From scorching summer days to saturating rain storms, inclement weather often causes delays in the construction industry especially in the early stages of building a new home. Not only can extreme weather make a worksite unsafe and slow down the contractors, it also has a direct effect on the time it takes perform certain tasks such as digging footings and laying concrete foundations.

Changes to the Plans

Making changes to the floorplan or interior features will usually extend the build time, especially if they are made later in the building process. It’s vital to take the time to in the beginning to plan and select exactly what you want, not only will this limit the chance of any delays it will also save you money. Committing to you plans, colours, finishes and fixtures early in the build as well as maintaining continual, open communication with your builder will help to ensure smooth and seamless construction with minimal delays.

Building your dream home doesn’t have to be stressful, finding a builder with whom you feel comfortable and who takes the time to answer your questions will ensure you have realistic expectations and not leave you left wondering when your new home is going to be ready.

At Metronest Homes we are one of the premier builders in Melbourne, and our team will work with you every step of the way to deliver an outstanding home that perfectly suits your lifestyle. We are known for our excellent communication and we strive to keep you updated during the whole building process, and provide an honest building timeline to put your mind at ease.

Whether you are in the early stages of searching for a house and land package in Tarneit, Rockbank, Wyndham Vale or surrounding locations or you have already purchased your land, if you’re looking for a trustworthy and high quality builder to deliver your new home, get in touch with us today on 1300 510 733 or fill out the contact form on our website.

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