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Unread 07-04-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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Default Time to build the house right from scratch

Hi All ,
I am wondering how long it took you to build your house from scratch.
We are waiting for our permit and after the permit, they will start building the house. Right now, its just dirt!!!
Please share how long it took you to build your house..
This will help me in planning my apartment lease etc!!

Thanks all!
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Unread 07-04-2007, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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tract builders usually do the job in 5 months or so from the time you sign the contract to closing. depends on weather and such though and can be reduced to 4 months or increased to 8 lol.
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Unread 07-04-2007, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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sometimes it depends on where you are building, etc. Getting the permits can take a while, and the size of the house, the landscaping you want, etc. Some builders will give you a notebook of "timelines" for the different phases of the construction.

Basically 6 months is a good average. Some people it is longer, by a month or two and others it is shorter by a month or two.

Leigh
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Unread 07-04-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Mebane
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I've recently talked with 3 builders. Two of them told me 4-6 months and one of them told me 3-4 months. I think it depends on how many other houses they are building at the same time.
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Unread 07-04-2007, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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From what I've heard it can roughly be 7-8 weeks to get permits, then weather permitting they say about 4 months is a good average from that point. So 6 months from the day you sign. But I guess it all depends on how big, do they have to dig a basement or crawlspace, etc. 6 months is probably the longest youd have to get a least for, just ask if you only need 5 can you break early?
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Unread 07-04-2007, 08:52 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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It took 9 months from signing the contract to finish for my home with a custom builder. This was right on target with what my builder said before we started the process. I imagine that larger builders can and do complete the process more quickly (our built about 12-15 homes a year at the time).
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Unread 07-05-2007, 05:11 AM
 
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a good rule of thumb is always LONGER than the builder tells you. I have heard of NO ONE that used a builder that took LESS time than they said they would. I would say no less than 6 months and probably more like 9 once its all said and done. Plus 6 months from now is winter/holidays. Good Luck...building is always so exciting!!!!!
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Unread 07-05-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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I'm a little over a year into a build that should be complete in another 90 days or so. I signed my contract when the neighborhood was nothing more than dirt-no roads or utilities were installed yet. I'll be the 2nd or 3rd house to close out of an eventual 100 +/-.
If you are talking about picking a lot in a subdivision where there is active building going on, I'd allow 5 to 6 months for a low to mid-level tract builder and 6 to 8 months for an upper end tract or custom builder.
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Unread 07-05-2007, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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a good rule of thumb is always LONGER than the builder tells you. I have heard of NO ONE that used a builder that took LESS time than they said they would. I would say no less than 6 months and probably more like 9 once its all said and done. Plus 6 months from now is winter/holidays. Good Luck...building is always so exciting!!!!!
I will say Centex is the only big builder out that consistently comes no later than their projected date. They are religious about that.

Back to the original question, though, permits make a huge difference. Durham, for instance, is notorious for being horribly slow with permits, and that slows everything down. But I think 5-8 mo is the "norm."

Mike
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Unread 07-05-2007, 05:12 PM
 
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We went to contract (Beazer) in Nov right after thanksgiving, permit came back in early Jan and they started building. We closed on April 4th after asking them to push it back a little because they were ready to close in march and we weren't. Ours was one of 2 houses being built because it was winter maybe? They said it would be April and they did finish a little earlier but pretty much right on time.
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