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Neighborhood Construction: How Long Will It Take?

Posted by Eric Park on July 9, 2018

If you live in a growing or developing area, having a neighborhood construction project now and then is inescapable. A new neighbor may be setting up a house across the street, or adding a swimming pool in their backyard.

Neighborhood construction projects are often noisy, congested, and messy. However, most projects only run for a few weeks or months, and you can reclaim back your serenity.

Just What is the Source of Neighborhood Construction?

Depending on the project will depend on how long it is until you get to sleep in again. Here’s what could be going on outside:

1. Paving of the Nearest Road  

Paving your neighborhood road with asphalt may take a few days depending on its size, and speed of the project. Repairs are often faster than new road paving and can take a few hours or a day only.

2. Work on Underground Utilities

Works on underground utilities, such as water systems, can take varying time periods to complete depending on the type of work being done. New installations can take between a week and a few months while repairs can take a week to a month.

3. New House Construction

The time it takes to build a new house depends on many factors such as:

  • Construction type (production or custom home)
  • Environment (metropolitan areas, rural areas, and mountainous regions, etc.)
  • Construction style

Typically, production homes take 4 to 6 months to complete, while custom homes take 10 to 16 months.

4. Swimming Pool Construction

Your neighbors’ swimming pool construction can be a noisy project because of all the excavation and drilling involved. You can expect this project to last between 30 to 60 days depending on the type and complexity of the construction.

5. Road Widening in the Neighborhood

This project’s completion time will depend on the scope of construction to be undertaken. Factors such as traffic diversion will have to be factored into the equation and completion time can be a few weeks to a month or two.

6. Sanitary and Storm Sewer Works

These drainage systems are often required to be operational as soon as possible, so their construction is fast. New construction works can take less than a month, while repairs only take a few days.

Some Noise is Unavoidable, But...

It’s important to note that you have a right to complain in case construction work done beyond the time limit – say 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM – exceeds the noise level allowed by local building authorities.

You can report construction-related complaints to the local building authorities or police if it happens after the set time limit. Most contractors nowadays are obligated to keep noise levels minimal to avoid neighborhood construction disruptions.

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