WHAT’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO BUILD A NEW HOME?
Summer? Autumn? Winter? Spring? What’s the best time of year to build a new home?
Customers are sometimes concerned about building in the winter, and we can understand that. However, we’ve been building homes for a long time now, and we’ve braved all sorts of conditions through many winters so we’d like to take this opportunity to share our experience!
There are 3 aspects of building which can be negatively affected by the weather.
- Access: the movement of trades and materials onto the site and within the footprint and home itself.
- Damage: product may get weather damaged
- Danger: people getting hurt
Before we get bogged down in negatives, let’s have a realistic look at the weather. We get it: winter in Victoria is wet and cold. So is spring. And then we move into the hot, dusty, Aussie summer when we have to contend with flies and fire-bans. Don’t forget to throw in the equinox winds in Spring and Autumn.
So, let’s identify the problems and then the risks.
Access problems are mostly delays, annoyances or frustrations, and mostly only apply to winter and spring. Vehicles getting bogged; tradies walking around with an extra 2kg of mud stuck to the bottom of their boots; tools covered in mud…I’m guessing you’ve got the picture! These problems ultimately lead to worker fatigue, cost increases and customer dissatisfaction.
The problems associated with damage vary a lot, and all four seasons have to share the blame. We’ve coped with the lot: timber having to be replaced due to warping in the scorching sun; rain damage to plasterboard while under construction; wind bending steel flashings in half! These issues generally involve extra cost.
And the third and most important point is danger. The risks to life and limb on a building site are present come rain, hail or shine. And sometimes the shine is the worst: heat stroke; burns from scorched tools and materials; sunburn; dust in the eyes, ears and nose; worker fatigue leading to poor concentration.
Wind also poses it’s fair share of physical dangers – trying to handle sheets of iron on a roof on a windy day can be risky. If the wind catches a length of material such as plasterboard while someone is carrying it, the victim can be left with serious damages to their back. When looking at dangers on a construction site, we’re dealing with situations which can have long-term physical consequences.
When the risk analysis is done, there’s no clear culprit – all four seasons cause problems to the builder. So they find ways and means around it. They wear hats. They drink lots. They wear gloves. They drive 4WD’s. They put down gravel to drive on. They have 2 pairs of boots – 1 for inside and 1 for the mud. They work in pairs to combat the wind. They don’t use grinders on fire-ban days. They use cordless tools to keep the power cords out of the rain.
We think builders are amazing people, but then we’re probably a bit biased. But still, they have to work all year around like everyone else – they don’t have the luxury of calling it quits for a while when the weather decides to play havoc, so if you’re wondering what the best time of the year is to build a new home, then spare a thought for the tradie…
So, what is the best time of year to build a new home? Is there a ‘perfect’ time to build? Probably not. Winter might just be the best time. Or summer. Or autumn. Then again, it could be spring!
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