Building a house takes an average of 7 months, as of 2013, though the amount of time required to complete a home depends on the size of the structure and whether there are any obstacles encountered. These obstacles include denied building permits or changes in materials. Homes in the Northern and Western United States feature longer build times, while Southern states enjoy faster build times.
The length of time to build a house starts with the pulling of all necessary building permits and concludes when the homeowner approves the construction. Setbacks can extend the length of time required to complete the process, especially because a number of professionals are required to work together, including plumbers, electricians, painters and landscapers.
Custom homes usually take longer to build than "cookie cutter" homes. For example, the homeowner might decide he or she wants custom flooring, cabinetry, paint or fixtures. This requires the contractor to source the custom materials and make adjustments to the timeline.
Weather can also delay construction. In the Northern states, for example, construction during winter is fraught with delays because of ice and snow. Long stretches of precipitation or other inclement weather can delay a project for several days or weeks.
Homeowners should ask their contractors for a timeline before construction begins. This helps keep expectations reasonable.