Old Remodeling Proverb: Timing is Everything

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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You’ve all heard people talk about the home improvement projects that went on forever, but did you ever wonder why? In some cases, it’s due to unrealistic expectations or basic surprises that can delay a remodeling project. Maybe you started tearing apart the bathroom in late October, hoping for an elegant finish by Thanksgiving. Not a chance.

The key to home improvement success is getting a detailed timeline from the contractor. Also ask about what might delay the project, such as rebuilding the kitchen floor or what to do with old cabinets and appliances. Try this Zimbio link for more on what to expect.

How to Time Your Remodeling

As they say, timing is everything and that definitely applies to remodeling. In fact, it’s one of the most common questions contractors hear, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Make sure you ask your contractor for a week by week timeline. It also helps to have all materials ordered before the work starts. Then, the contractor is not waiting on a back order for your designer tile.

Here’s an estimate for some common remodeling projects:

  • Kitchen remodeling–8 to 12 weeks
  • Addition–1-2 months for planning; 6 to 12 weeks for construction
  • Deck or patio–1 to 2 weeks
  • Repairing wood flooring (or adding new)–1 or 2 days per room. Here’s a good overview on everything the contractor has to do (because it may be too intense for many DIYers).

Remodeling Done Right

In the end, you want the remodeling done right. If it takes a few extra days or weeks for the contractor to fix a problem with the wiring or make sure your floors are installed properly, it’s worth it. But, if you can get a good estimate on timing going in…perhaps the project could be finished on time. Or, how about early? We can always dream!

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