How Long Does a Home Renovation Take?


Whether you’ve just moved into a fixer-upper or you’re considering an update to your 1960s masterpiece with good bones, a home renovation is a great project to consider taking on this year.

If you do the work yourself, the project can proceed at whatever pace you prefer. After all, most homeowners are permitted to serve as their general contractors. However, when you need some help with a total home renovation, here are some guidelines to consider for the remodeling effort to understand how long the process should take.

1. What Is Getting Remodeled?

Even when you decide to remodel the entire home, the actual work can cover a relatively wide range of project sizes and tasks. For example, you might decide to revamp the whole kitchen and bathroom while offering minor updates to the other rooms.

Some homeowners might decide to gut the entire property to start over.

That means the time and costs involved are highly variable. For example, if you perform a top-to-bottom remodel, the price could be $200,000 or higher to complete the work.

When you’re going for a minor update, the price could be $50,000 or less. That’s why it’s crucial to get a professional estimate from at least three reputable agencies before beginning. If you plan to do the work yourself, make a list of the tools and supplies you’ll need to create a budget. 

2. Finding the Right Contractor

The discovery phase of a home renovation project typically takes between two to eight weeks. During this time, you’ll be speaking with different designers and contractors, building firms, and others to determine how to handle the project and who should be doing it.

Even if you think you’ve found the right person or firm, try to interview a few potential candidates to ensure you’ve made the correct design.

3. Get Through the Design Phase

For most home renovations, the design phase lasts from six weeks to four months. After that, it depends on how much work needs to be done, what elements must change, and how many rooms are involved in the update.

If you went from a closed concept to an open floor plan, you’d be at the longer end of the time estimate. But, on the other hand, it might take less time when you’re doing a simple update.

If you need permits, surveys, advanced engineering, or several design revisions, the time can increase with each task. 

4. Time for Construction

Even advanced or complex projects are typically completed in four to eight weeks. You can continue living in the home until this point because no changes are getting made to the property.

Once it’s time to renovate, you might want to relocate until the work is complete. That’s why some households decide to DIY their remodeling work. They can tackle projects whenever there is time to complete them.

It can sometimes take longer when city inspections or planning reviews are necessary for the construction work.

On an extensive project, the final work could take up to a year to complete if you’re doing a top-to-bottom remodel on a larger property. A smaller project could take four to six weeks or up to six months. It’s all about the variables here.

You can get a reasonable estimate from your contractor to know what to expect in these circumstances. 

Dry work usually takes less time than wet work. If you’re concerned about timelines, try to reduce how much masonry and tiling work is part of your renovation plans. 

What If I Have a Lot of Work to Complete?

When your home needs a complete renovation, there are two schools of thought that we typically encounter.

The first is to get all the work done at once. Although the timeframes can be a little cumbersome with an extensive project, everything is also finished when the job is over. Then, you can move into the newly renovated property with confidence, knowing that the home supports your comfort and convenience needs.

The other option is to tackle the renovation in stages. For example, let’s say your whole home needs new windows. Instead of replacing them all at once, you could do the ground floor in the first year and the second floor the next. Of course, your project time gets extended, but it’s easier to manage the time and cost commitments that way.

If you have a renovation project that you’d like to tackle this year, reach out and let us know! We’d be happy to provide a competitive quote, answer whatever questions you have, or get to work creating your dream home.


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