Careful Planning Will Keep Your Project On Track
As home remodeling specialists, we hear this question all of the time: how long will my home remodeling project take? Here is the answer: the scope of every renovation is unique and therefore the time each project takes to design and build varies. However, there are certain steps that must be taken with every renovation, so understanding what to expect from start to finish will allow you to create a realistic timeline for completion of your project with your homebuilder.
Establish Your Goals
The first step in the home remodeling process is to establish clear objectives for your project in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Determine the true purpose of the renovation and how you want your home to function and look once it is finished.
Develop Your Budget
Whether you’ll be remodeling a room or two or you are considering a whole-home renovation,
you will need to develop a budget and stick to it. Make a prioritized wish-list of items that can be accomplished in stages in case your budget will not allow you to do everything at once.
Consider The Impact
Take a look at your calendar and think about how the timing of your renovation will impact your life. Remember that unanticipated snags can sometimes occur during the construction phase, so assume that your project may take a little more time than originally expected and build some flexibility into your schedule.
Choose Your Homebuilder
Do your homework by thoroughly researching some local homebuilders online. Ask your friends and family about the homebuilders they hired for their renovation projects. Then, meet with the homebuilders you identify as your possible partners and interview them. Learn about their design and construction processes and how they plan to stay within an agreed upon budget and timeline to complete your work.
Discuss Your Budget And The Scope Of Your Project
Speak candidly with the homebuilders you interview and have a clear understanding about the scope of your project and what it will cost. Once you’ve identified the right homebuilder for you, it’s time to determine if the goals that you have established for your renovation are achievable.
Agree Upon a Timeline
Ask your homebuilder approximately how long your remodeling project will take, based upon the scope of work. If you have a certain date in mind for the completion of your project, be clear about that. Listen to the homebuilder; are your expectations reasonable? After discussing all of this, leave the meeting with an agreed upon timeline for completion of your project that makes you happy and to which your homebuilder can realistically adhere.
Nail Down The Design
Some homebuilders have in-house architects. Others work with outside professionals. You should expect to be very involved in every aspect of the design process either way. In order to stay within your budget and to keep to the agreed upon timeline, you will need to select all finishes and materials for your project at this point, too.
Changes to your agreed upon scope of work will cost time and money. When you make a change or rethink a decision, you will affect the time it takes for the homebuilder to get the job done. And, making changes once materials have been ordered and your project is underway can be costly. Plan ahead and think carefully about your choices -- before construction ever begins.
Understand The Permitting Process and Local Regulations
Be aware that every local jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations. The time it takes for the permitting process varies by jurisdiction too, and this could affect your overall timeline. The beauty of working with an experienced homebuilder is that they understand the permitting processes and regulations in your local jurisdiction and can convey to you how your project will be impacted. In addition, don't forget to research your homeowners' association regulations regarding renovations, if applicable, and review them with your homebuilder during the design phase of your project.
Enter Into A Detailed Construction Agreement
Once the design phase is complete, you will enter into a construction agreement. It should include the approved architectural plans, detailed specifications and selections, finalized pricing and an agreed upon timeline. Be prepared to move out of certain areas of your home or, in the case of a whole-home renovation, you will need to move out of your home completely.
Proper planning, clear communication and ongoing collaboration with your homebuilder throughout the process is the best way to ensure that your renovation will meet your needs and your expectations. Making your selections before construction begins will keep your project on track so that it will be finished within the agreed upon timeline and within the stated budget. For more detailed information about the various phases of a remodeling project, click here to see our illustrated timeline.