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October 5, 2020
Updating your home look is a perfect way to add versatility, comfort, and value to your house. However, one of the most important questions that homeowners ask about renovation is timelines. This is often difficult to address since each project has a specific set of needs that influence the overall completion rate.
But it's important to keep a few simple guidelines in mind when deciding how long your project should take. Here's what you need to know about the home improvement process and the different rule-of - thumb timelines.
Although there are a lot of people on the home improvement team, including your planner, your designer, and the work crew, you're in charge at the end of the day. The right contractor is an expert and can give you all the advantages of their expertise and guidance, but you should also be considered as a full-time collaborator and partner in the renovation project. Although there are some factors out of your control during a home renovation, you should never give up your power in this case. There are some really important things that you can do to help your project stay on track.
Your contractor is at the forefront of every part of the renovation of your house. If you have the experience, skills, and trustworthy network of reputable subcontractors to carry out your plans, you are more than halfway to a project that will be finished on time. Choose a builder who is structured, with validated procedures, and who is responsible for monitoring project schedules and budgets. Transparency is essential to this.
It's convenient to think of interior design as a fuzzy nice-to-have, or as something that only happens at the end of a renovation project. On the opposite, having a great interior designer on board early will do a lot to streamline your schedule. Make as many options as possible with your contractor before beginning the building. In reality, if you can make them before you construct a final budget with your builder, even better: your budget would be based on real material prices instead of best estimates.
Many essential products, such as floors, doors, or specialty tiles, have a longer lead time than you would expect. Special orders need to be made early in the process so that you don't end up in a situation where the crews are waiting for a missed delivery, throwing off the entire plan. Again, making all your picks early will pay off!
Leaving wiggle room for an inevitable hiccup is one of the best things you can do to keep your timelines intact. This ensures that your builders can adapt and cope with something that goes wrong without having to wait while your budget (a process that can snowball if you end up having to alter or cancel parts of your planned project to keep the budget intact).
And make sure that you are invited! Daily meetings are necessary to keep things on track and to make sure that the site crews, the project manager, and everyone else are on the same page. Schedule daily walks and visits to the site so you can appreciate what's going on in the field. If something is wrong, you will mark it before it goes any further, which would help eliminate the need for work to be reversed and redone.
Mid-project changes are likely to happen, but they are almost always time-consuming and costly. One way to prevent this is to include the contractor during the architectural design process. With the realistic experience of constructing and renovating so many houses, they know what works in the real world and can also make suggestions and give guidance on future building or living problems before the plans are finalized.
If your home is still very new or doesn't need a lot of work, you may be looking at a basic cosmetic remodeling. In most cases, short renovations involving only cosmetic repairs will take up to three months from the weekend. This involves activities such as interior painting, exterior painting, new countertops, new appliances, or the removal of simple flooring.
Essentially, the timetable for cosmetic renovation is reserved for minor renovations or in cases where the basic bones of the house are still in excellent condition but need a small amount of renovation.
The next timetable approach to home improvement completion is a medium-term improvement, which can take from a few weeks to six months to complete. This usually involves circumstances where you need to get close to completely gutting the room or need extra repair work that goes beyond simple cosmetic repair.
Basically, if the entire house has to be gutted, it would take longer to put it back together. These types of construction projects frequently take six months to a year or more to complete.
Usually, this is what many house flippers and rehab owners are searching for, as they plan to take on a project and get it up to modern style. It is also important to remember that major overhauls can also involve large-scale issues such as foundation repair, structural repair, house lifting, second-story additions, and more.
If you have a small amount of money, the time it takes to complete your renovation might be extended. Why? Budget overages are typical in complex refurbishment works and activities. If your contractor unexpectedly discovers that you need to invest a little additional cash on a potentially serious issue — such as an undetected foundation problem or removal of pesky tree roots — you would need a little extra time to come up with the funds, which will then delay completion.
Each project is different, and the needs for a small space are very different from a large one. Thus, the overall size of your home will have a huge effect on the amount of time it takes to complete your project. It's typically best to conclude that a larger room is equivalent to a longer period for renovation.
Finally, the weather is another aspect that needs to be weighed. Some cities are renowned for getting rain one day and blistering heat the next. Poor weather is one of the most common delays in project schedules. Although contractors still try to adhere to the schedule, it can be challenging if the weather doesn't agree with the plans.
Hopefully, this article will give you a better estimate of the amount of time that goes into the typical home renovation project, the kind of stuff that can slow down and speed up the process, and how you and your contractor can work together to keep your renovation on track.