Winter might not seem like the best time to begin the new home construction process – and it’s an understandable assumption. Frigid temperatures and snow piles, after all, do not necessarily conjure up images of an active homebuilding scene in the Chicago area.
But truth be told, there are some significant advantages to launching the homebuilding process during the winter season. By kickstarting the effort in wintertime, you can line up scheduling, permitting, and design, immediately initiate construction when the weather does break, and enjoy your new home before the cold air returns.
Advantage #1: Beating the Rush
Spring generally brings a flurry of activity into the market from eager buyers. By starting the home buying process in winter, however, you beat others to the punch. You get an early jump on securing the lot, home plan, and exterior design you want; minimize the risk of permit delays; and stand at the front of the line when the weather enables excavation and foundation work to take place.
Advantage #2: A Pinch More Planning Time
A winter start allows you to firm up plans and finalize details before construction even begins. This way, you avoid wasting the best months for construction on planning and selections. You have a bit more time to consider materials and finishes as well as any custom features you desire.
Advantage #3: A Smoother Process
With plans and selections in hand, Gallagher and Henry can order and secure materials for install. Once temperatures allow for a multi-day stretch, crews can begin site work, including excavation and installation of the foundation. Thereafter, the trades can work in earnest, capitalizing on spring’s mild weather to move forward with construction with the help of added daylight.
Advantage #4: An Autumn Move
The typical Gallagher and Henry home takes 6-7 months to build from the time you sign your purchase agreement. Beginning the new home process in winter positions you to celebrate fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving in your new home. With a fall move-in, you can also settle into your new home and the community at a time in which you can still be outdoors, walking the neighborhood and meeting neighbors.