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The Details of Building a Home in Winter

When you begin building your new home, there are several questions that you’ll want to ask yourself before you begin. How many rooms will you need? Where do you want your home to be located? How many floors? However, one of the most important questions you’ll want to ask is when will be the best time to start building a house.

First and foremost, you’ll want to determine the timeline in which you want your home to be completed. If you want it done before the holidays, for example, you can build in an ample amount of time to ensure that your home will be complete before the holidays.

It may seem counterproductive to start a major construction project in the middle of the cold months; however, we encourage our clients to weigh the pros and cons of building a home in winter. The obvious reason not to do it is because of the unpredictable weather, but sometimes there are major advantages to building during this time.

Pros:

One major upside to building a home in winter is subcontractors will have a lighter workload. This will mean that your home will be one of their main projects, and this way you can ensure that everything is getting done on schedule. They will also have the time to make sure that everything is being completed in the proper manner.

Another good reason to consider building a home in the winter is the line will be shorter at the proper government agencies you will need to visit to get your building permits. This may seem like a small thing, but jumping through the proper channels is much easier when there are not as many people trying to accomplish the same task at the same time.

During the winter, there may also be a significant financial advantage. Since there isn’t much building going on in the cold months, you may see the prices drop on construction materials, allowing you to save money.

One advantage that may be overlooked is the snow. Unlike the rain that you may typically deal with in the spring, the snow is much more forgiving. With the rain, there is the constant fear of things getting wet and ruined. The snow, however, is typically easier to protect your materials from. You can easily dust it off before it melts and ruins the materials that it lands on.

Cons:

Along with the reasons it is a good idea to begin building a home in winter, it is also necessary to be aware of the cons that could potentially arise during the construction in the winter. If you live in a milder climate, like Texas, you will probably have slim chances of dealing with snow or frigid weather, but for places like Chicago and Washington, the weather may play a bigger factor in building your new home.

It’s important to be prepared for delays due to weather, which can create additional costs. You may have to have your property shoveled or plowed because of snow, and you may have to pay for temporary heat to keep the inside warm for workers or even to warm the ground so digging can be completed. You may want to consider building in a little bit of cushion in your budget for weather emergencies.

These things are small if you consider that they will only be necessary until the exterior portions of your home are complete.

Overall, no matter what time of year you build, there will also be the flight risk that is the weather. Do not be discouraged no matter the conditions you face. UBuildIt has experience building homes during all seasons and are able to offer suggestions for when may be the best time for you to build based on your area. It will never hurt to call and speak with a consultant about your ideas. Contact your local UBuildIt office to schedule a time to consult about building a home in winter today.

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