Like any new home construction project, building a home on Florida’s Treasure Coast requires planning ahead to determine what time of year is best to kick off the process. Although building in Florida has the advantage of being free from ice and snow, it’s not completely immune to extreme weather conditions.
When building a home with custom features in Florida, the process can depend on a number of factors, such as:
- How long the home building process takes
- The overall size of your home and changes to your design as you build
- Time needed to finalize permits and pre-construction
- Will a hurricane affect building a new home
There are several critical seasonal factors to consider to make sure you can eliminate unnecessary delays with your home-building timeline. Certain steps during early construction can be more sensitive to poor weather conditions. The building process can last anywhere from 10 to 16 months from planning to completion, so it can be impossible to avoid a certain time of year altogether in many cases. It’s important to discuss expectations with a homebuilder you trust to know the best time of year to start your custom home.
Choose the Best Times to Avoid Storms and Hurricanes
Hurricanes can play a big role in determining what the best time is to start building a new home. It’s important to keep in mind the months where the possibility of encountering one is the least likely. In Florida, hurricane season lasts from May 15 to November 30 with the peak of activity usually through the month of September. A hurricane can be devastating to unfinished homes and cost thousands in repairs if a homeowner is caught off guard by poor planning, so it’s best to try to avoid early stages of construction during these months.
September is known for being the time of year with the most rain in Florida, and extreme rainy conditions can cause setbacks. For example, the foundation cannot be poured when the ground is overly saturated, pushing back the entire timeline when a delay occurs. Construction workers can do a lot of work in the rain, but safety should always come first. Lightning and extreme wind can create less than desirable weather conditions for workers and also create unplanned setbacks.