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How Long Does It Take To Build A Custom Home

If you’re thinking of building a custom home in Maryland, you may be wondering how long it’ll take. A lot of custom home builders in Maryland have various answers ranging from 6 to 8 months to, “It really depends on the customer or the nature of the build”.  One could easily say, “Both are correct” — and they are.

How do you measure the timeline of building a custom home?

The timeline involved in custom home building may be easier to understand if you decide what it means to you.  For instance, do you think the timeline should be measured in actual construction days from the time you receive a building permit?  Or, does the timeline begin from the day you decide to build a custom home and discuss with a builder to move-in day?

If you fall into the first category and wish to measure the timeline based on actual construction days from start to finish, a quality custom home builder is able to provide a fairly accurate timeline with an understanding that things like weather, construction draws, and personal changes affect the schedule.

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If you fall into the latter category, the timeline varies (sometimes, greatly) from person to person. This is a logical way to view the timeline, because most people have an idea of when they wish to be settled into their new custom home.

For example, if today were Jan. 1, 2018, and you wished to move into your new home in the spring 2019 (around April 1), you’ve set your personal timeline to build a new custom home in 15 months.

Your Personal Timeline: Begin With The End In Mind

Many things must occur in order for you to be settled by the date you wish. It might make it easier to achieve this by starting the process with this date in mind. That means you should spend time with several qualified builders to determine how long custom home building will take.  

Once you have an idea of the actual construction time frame, back your way into the rest of the required activities. Make a checklist like the following, and add deadlines:

  • Interview three real estate agents and make a selection by Jan. 31
  • Work with your agent to find a lot for your new custom home by Mar. 30
  • Meet with several construction loan officers and complete loan process by April 15
  • Complete your custom home design process, contract, and selections with your builder by May 15
  • Work with your builder to complete permitting and final planning by July 31
  •  Start Construction on Aug. 1 for eight months
  • Schedule settlement with your builder by Mar. 30
  • Move in on April 1, 2019.

While this checklist and schedule are a little rudimentary, it demonstrates how you can plan the events required to build a custom home in Maryland.

Building a custom home seems overwhelming when you consider all of the things that need to occur. Take it one step at a time and work toward your goal with an achievable schedule that works for you.  

The process is exciting, fun, and rewarding. The right custom home builder makes your vision become reality through thoughtful consultation and collaboration with you. Contact us today to start creating your plan.