It’s the question everyone wants to know the answer to: How long is my project actually going to take?
The short answer is: it depends.
Remember back in math class how a whole lot of variables could impact the amount of time it took to get to the answer? Well, renovation is a lot like that. Variables everywhere.
From the size of your project to the location of your project – and truly everything in between, there are so many – wait for it – variables that can impact your timeline.
Here are just a few to consider when trying to map out how long your project could take:
- Scope of Project: If you’re planning on renovating an existing space like a kitchen or bathroom, your timeline would be significantly shorter than if you planned a large-scale renovation like adding a wing to the house or building new. If you’re on a tight timeline or need to have a specific window to work with – be sure to understand just how size determines all.
- Location, Location, Location: This may sound odd but where you live will have a decided impact on the duration of your project. How? Well, permitting is a big factor in getting your project underway. If your area has a longer wait time for permitting – then, you’ll be in a holding pattern until that can come through for you.
- Material Shortages: It has happened before, it’s happening now, and it will certainly happen again but material shortages severely impact the timeline of your project. Currently, the wait time for new window orders is up to 6 months here in South Florida. Many tile companies are not shipping for a minimum of 4 months post order date. All of this plays a role in your timeline.
- Labor Shortages: While this will fall to your GC to manage, getting vendors and subcontractors to be able to work on your project when you need them to takes a lot of heavy lifting and scheduling. A lot of subcontractors have a four to six month wait time right now as construction demand is so high.
Timelines are fickle things. If you are crunched on time or are looking for a firm answer, consult with your architect and GC early on – explain the whys behind your timeline needs and start prepping well in advance to ensure as smooth sailing as possible when it comes to timelines.