How Long Does It Take to Build a New Home?

While the answer to your question might differ from that of your neighbour, it’s one your builder can provide for you after taking into consideration your home’s unique factors. That includes your home’s plans, specifications, location, and the types of products and systems you would like to include. In Nova Scotia, the time of year is a factor as well — our winters can be challenging!

In general, an 1,800 square foot home with standard finishes could be built in as little as four to six months, while a 10,000 square foot custom home could take two years or more to build!

Your builder will be able to suggest and commit to a timeline as part of his detailed “Cost to Build” proposal. When you sign a contract with your preferred builder, the estimated time to build (the “Closing Date”) becomes a part of a legal document and your builder should take it seriously.

Of course, you have a very important part to play in achieving your home’s closing date, too. Product selections and colours are your decisions, which must be made in a timely manner to keep the process running smoothly and on time.

Having a detailed and honest discussion with your builder about costs, expectations, and timelines will ultimately give you the correct answer to your question. 

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.


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