A lot of people who want to build their own dream home from the ground up don’t really know where to begin, or what to expect of the process and timeline. We sat down with Al Poehler from Al Poehler Construction in New Ulm to learn more about the home building process and to get any tips he might have for first time builders!

How long will it take to buy the lot?

Buying the lot will take about 30 days. Keep in mind that there can be no “activity” on the lot until after the closing of the lot. No equipment moved onto the lot, no staking where the home will go, nothing. After that the weather and schedules come into play; best case scenario is around 145 days until you can start any activity.

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When can I expect to start digging?

If you have your financing in place, bids and floor plan accepted, you start digging! If you’re not going with a basement, it can shave some days off the construction time. Once the shell is up and enclosed, the builder can work in most adverse weather conditions. As long as the builder and subs stay on task, the process can move right along. If the buyer makes any changes along way, it can definitely delay the process.

Should everyone consider building their own home?

Building a home isn’t for everyone, but it can be a very exciting time! You get to customize the home to your liking; from the colors to the flooring and everything in between. Your builder will give you suggestions that you may never have thought of, too.

How can we work together to keep the build on schedule?

Juggling is the key word. One delay by any of the subs can screw up the completion and move in day. Sometimes it’s inevitable because of weather or back ordered materials. The builder will take delays into consideration and plan for those. However, when the builder or sub needs you to pick something out, it’s your job as part of the team to get those picked out.

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When should someone start the process for building a home?

Short answer is now – during Winter! Trying to get started in the summer for a later in the year occupancy is very difficult for many reasons. The builders schedule and the subs schedule fill up very quickly and squeezing something in doesn’t work; you’re just asking for a frustrating experience. Plus here in Minnesota we have this little thing that hits later in the year that will mess things up,– Winter!

Why is starting the process in winter the best choice?

If you were to start the process in Winter you have time to close on a lot. You can meet with the builder to go over plans and pick out all the amenities to be included in the home. And you can get on their schedule so when Spring rolls around you’re ready to go right away!

 

We hope this helps you in deciding if you want to build your own home, and if you do, what to expect and when to get started. If you want to get started looking for a lot, contact us today!