Getting the timing right for your new home build in Auckland can make the process smoother with less hassle. The build can even progress quicker. In simple terms, though, there is no specific right or wrong time to start building a new home.
After all, you can, theoretically, start the build at any time of the year. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different, leaving too many variables to explicitly state this time is good and that time is bad.
That said, there are several factors you should consider when planning a new home build in Auckland. These factors will ensure you find the best time for you.
The things you need to consider include getting building consent and the weather. The most important factor, however, is your personal circumstances.
Your Personal Circumstances
Individual circumstances that influence the ideal time to start your new build include:
- Availability of finances
- Having somewhere to live during the construction work
- Family considerations such as pregnancy, sickness, studying for exams, etc
- Deadlines such as the end of a tenancy agreement, changing jobs, moving to a new area, getting married, etc
Building a home can take anything up to 6-7 months to complete (depending on complexity of build). In other words, your builders will be working across multiple seasons.
Some jobs are more difficult to do in winter months,asbad weather can slow down the build. This particularly applies to work outside.
The days are shorter in winter too, limiting the time that can be spent onsite doing outside work.
On the flip side, there are benefits to starting a new build during the winter. Contractors and subcontractors, for example, are likely to be less busy which makes scheduling easier, plus you may get your application for consent processed faster as there are fewer consents submitted in late autumn/early winter.
Some other things you should think about in relation to the weather include:
- The schedule should get the build to a stage where the house is weatherproof before the really bad winter weather conditions set in. This protects the property while also allowing work to continue inside.
- Foundations should be laid as soon as possible after the site has been excavated. Getting the foundations in quickly prevents frost and rainwater from building up in the soil.
- At the other end of the spectrum, heat can impact the laying of foundations. If the weather is too hot, as can happen in the middle of summer, the concrete will dry too fast, making it brittle.
Professional new home builders in Auckland will be aware of the above and will plan for them, but it’s important you understand these factors too.
Building consent takes time, so getting it will play an important role in when you can start work on-site.
You should also remember that you must start building within 12 months of getting building consent. Furthermore, the build must be completed within two years of getting building consent.
Getting the Timing Right
At Brothers Construction Group, we have extensive experience as new home builders in Auckland. We can give advice to help you decide on the best time to build your new home. Contact us today to speak to a member of our team.