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How Long To Build A House?

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How long does it take to build a house in Perth?

Building a new home always creates lots of questions in terms of money, selections, methods designs and time.

The latter is a concern that many people have, as they quite naturally want to know how long it will be until they can move in. In this article, we hope to provide some more information about time frames of building.

There are many stages between making the initial decision and the total completion of construction, but we can give you the best estimate according to your circumstances and ideal design. Below, we give a general outline of how you can expect the process to develop, and how long it might take.

two-storey house built by IQ Homes

Approximate times to build a home

There are two main phases when building a home, pre-construction and construction. These can take 4-5 months and anywhere from 6-18 months respectively, depending on the size and complexity of the design.

Six Stages

We further divide these into 6 stages:

  1. The design process
  2. Planning approval
  3. Documentation
  4. Building permits and finance
  5. Construction
  6. Handover

What’s involved

The design process is the most unique stage, as we work closely with you to create your perfect design; this being the case, we’ll give you as much time as is needed to develop your vision. We won’t move forward until you’re happy with your plans.

In some cases, planning approval isn’t required, so the next stage can be skipped, although there’s always documentation to draw up. These are the detailed plans, engineering, selections and contracts that allow us to make the final preparations before construction can start – and you’ll always have the final say on them before a single tool is lifted.

When the documentation is completed, you have the required information for your bank or financial institution to obtain finance approval and we have the documentation required to obtain the building permit. Once both are obtained, we can then move to construction on site. Construction starts with the site works and foundations, after which you will soon see the main shape of the house comes together relatively quickly, within a month or two, as the walls are built.

Once the walls are up, the roof framing and cover doesn’t take too much longer after that. At this point the lock-up stage begins (roughly another one to two months) where the house is secured with windows and doors and we start the internal works.

The work inside is more detailed, and is one of the longest stages, involving everything from plastering and wiring to installing the kitchen cabinets and tiling. It usually takes at least 3 months, which will obviously be longer for a two-storey house.

The finishing touches come together quickly – site cleaning and inspection among them – then the final stage, handover, takes place. At every point up to this you’ll be kept up to date on progress, so you’ll always know our best estimate for completion – and when you can move in.

These home building times can vary

Although these timescales can vary according to individual needs and other things such as weather conditions, this should give you a clearer idea of how long it takes to build a home, from start to finish. Feel free to look at our home designs or perhaps you are interested in a custom built home.

If you would like to know rough time frames for your project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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