In Progress: 3 D’s That Will Reduce Delays in Your Home Construction

engineers making a blueprint

If you’re building a new home, you can expect the project to finish after six to eight months. That’s the typical duration of construction. One other thing you can anticipate, however, is the delays. There will be days when the weather won’t cooperate with you. There’s nothing you can do in the middle of a hurricane or a snowstorm. You could also be up against extreme temperatures. When it’s too cold outside, there’s little you can do. You can’t pour concrete, apply paint, or put up that perfect vinyl siding. These are delays you can’t control. Fortunately, there are some that you can, as they are triggered by your decisions. These are things you need to pay attention to so you can reduce delays when building a home.


There’s nothing that contractors want other than to complete the project fast. There are a lot of costs when they go beyond the schedule. The unfortunate reality, however, is there are indeed some professionals who aren’t meticulous about deadlines. Sometimes, they might even make excuses for not meeting target periods. That’s why you have to make sure that the team you’re working with is conscious about timetables. If you’re still on the search for reputable custom home builders, Guelph-based experts recommend asking companies if you could get in touch with one or two of their clients. If they’re confident about their work, they would gladly connect you. It’s equally important that you talk about deadlines at your first meeting, even when you’re just inquiring. If you need to move in to your new house before your kid’s school starts, then this should be clear on the contractor’s end. Include that agreement on your contract, including the penalties in the event that the target date isn’t achieved.


Particularly, finalized designs. Now, in the time of Pinterest and interior design websites, it’s hard to home in on a ‘final’ design. From just the style of the home and the material for your exterior down to the finer details of art pieces, dining table vases, and kitchen backsplashes, you have a lot to choose from. When you do manage to pick out one among the thousands of images you combed through, you see another good inspiration off the Internet, and you rush to your architect or interior designer to apply this new change of plans. This is where the biggest delays happen. Here’s the thing: You will never, ever be satisfied with your ‘final’ design when you keep looking at pretty pin boards. You will always find something prettier. If what you already have is aesthetically pleasing and functional, stick to it through and through. If it helps, avoid incessant scrolling on social media platforms. Steer clear from vague design plans, too.


contractors discussing house constructionDon’t underestimate meetings with your contractors, especially the pre-construction. You should note that some delays happen because there were missed expectations that could have been managed right before the team breaks ground. While you have a strict deadline in mind and a good design on hand, make sure to attend and be active in the meetings and discussions. Review carefully the blueprints and specifications. Ask questions, regardless of how trivial you think they are. Confirm the flow of processes, like who you should reach out to for additional questions or when you can visit the site.

While there are sources of delays that are inevitable in home construction, there are things you can control, too. Remember these D’s to reduce stalls in your progress.