How Long Does It Take to Build a Home?
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How Long Does It Take to Build a Home?

March 26, 2019

People move for different reasons. They may need more space for their growing family, or are simply ready for a change. Whatever the reason, when the time comes to move to a new place, you might find yourself torn between purchasing a new home and investing in a custom-built home. On the one hand, looking at houses on the market means you can move in almost immediately after closing; you will have to wait a lot longer to move into a custom-built home. But how much time exactly? Truth be told, the answer depends on a handful of factors.

If you want to invest in a custom-built home but don’t know where to start, read on! Here’s some information from a knowledgeable and experienced home builder in Sonoma County, CA.

Custom home build time

On average, and assuming that everything goes according to plan, most custom home builds take anywhere from 10 to 16 months from start to finish. That being said, it’s important to understand that this timeframe depends on the size of the house, the time needed to clear the lot, weather conditions, construction delays and a variety of other related factors. Furthermore, to estimate the time it will take to build your custom home, it’s helpful to know the size and complexity of the home, where you want to build it and the time of year you want to start construction.

Decisions and delays

There’s also you, the client. Because the home is being built to your personal specifications, you will have many decisions to make before and during the home build process—any delay in responding to the contractor could add days or weeks to the build time. Another variable that can extend the build time is change orders. You’ll be updated in real time, but substantial delays are possible if change orders occur later in the building process, as opposed to coming in near the beginning of the build.


In addition to taking into account time for making decisions and running into delays, you will also need to include the time it’ll take to design the house or choose a premade plan, as well as waiting for approval from the local building administration. And let’s say you choose an architect-designed custom home—this particular design process takes anywhere from three to six months, plus additional time for permitting. If purchasing a plan, it will need to be checked and modified by an architect, but requires less time (two to three months plus permitting).

A custom home build may not be the best plan if you’re on a tight schedule or have a specific date that you need to move. This can be an issue because construction will take time and you won’t be able to move in for several months or more, at least until the house is completed and passes inspection. Keep this in mind if you do decide to hire custom home builders in Sonoma County, CA.

Feel free to contact the team at ABA Custom Homes Inc. for more information!

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