How Long Does It Take To Renovate A House?

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Renovation can take weeks, sometimes months. That means endless days of subcontractors traipsing through your home, noisy tools and major dust. Even some minor projects can disrupt your daily routine. If you are determined to do so, then you have already done some research and know what to expect. However, it seems there is one thing that people keep worrying about, and it is the duration of this type of project. Many people worry that they will be forced to live in a construction site for years. But you must know that a renovation takes less than a year.

Although renovation projects can be wildly unpredictable, it is estimated that the average time for completing an entire house renovation job takes from 4 to 8 months. There are a few things that should be taken into account when making rough estimates for the amount of time it will take to renovate the living areas.

Things like size and unforeseen problems can delay the project.

Speaking of the entire house renovation, you have to include the kitchen, bathroom, basement, attic and garage in the scope of the job. Depending on the size of the property, the project might take longer than first anticipated. Also, if the contractor failed to take into account the condition of the property and during work finds rot, water damage, or another serious problem with the structures, the completion date for the job might be moved further back in time.

But there are also other details that need to be factored in renovating a house. Before you start making plans, know that there are five key stages throughout the entire home remodeling process from start to finish.

RESEARCH, that takes from two weeks to two months or more. During that time you do, as they say, your homework. You research the market contractors, materials, products, and come up with a budget.

PLANNNING, this takes 2 to 6 months – here you get your ideas out your head and down on paper in the form of 3D design or sketches.

PRE-CONSTRUCTION STAGE, it consists of getting permits and approval for your project. You need to do a lot of work during this time to ensure the project runs smoothly. You need to find suppliers, map the timeline, schedule the work, and more. It usually takes 3 to 6 months.

CONSTRUCTION, this goes above 4 to 6 weeks.

PROJECT COMPLETION, this takes into account all the requirements for obtaining a final sign off by the relevant authorities, it takes up to 3 months.

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Rose Mary Justice
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Renovation takes time and patience.  I just went through one last year.  It was tough.


Nov 18, 2019 07:10 PM #1
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Renovation - rule of thumb is 2x as long and 3x as much or 3x as long and 2x as much as anticipated!

Nov 18, 2019 11:02 PM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Good morning Tamra. A wake up call for those without a clue of the process! Enjoy your day!

Nov 19, 2019 04:56 AM #3
Adam Mitchell
We Buy Houses Fast in Dallas - Richardson, TX
We buy houses to remodel and sell

Great article. Remodels take a lot longer than the DIY shows protray.

Nov 26, 2019 01:46 PM #4
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