Home building is an exciting process as your dream home is the finished product that lies ahead. Many people decide to begin or continue construction through the cold winter months in order to get to that finished product as soon as possible. Below are a few pros and cons to consider in regards to building your home during the winter.
Pros To Winter Home Building
Typically winter is considered off season for subcontractors and builders, meaning they’re a lot less busy than during the spring and summer months. If you’re able to find a subcontractor willing to carry out the project during the winter, chances are they probably won’t have a lot of work during that time and will be open to negotiating fair building costs. Government agencies will be less busy too, so obtaining your building permits will be a much quicker process. Another pro is that light snowfall doesn’t usually stop a subcontractor from carrying out their duties when rain typically does.
Home building during the winter has it’s challenges. One of the largest drawbacks to winter construction is the added costs that come with the cold elements. For example, you may need to bring in temporary heat sources for the workers if the climate is too harsh. Additionally, if snowfall is a major factor you will have to pay to have the construction site shoveled and plowed so the area is clear for the workers to carry out their duties. If a blizzard happens to pass by, major weather delays may slow down the project.