One of the biggest questions we are asked about renovations is how long will it take. Part of successful planning is having a well-structured, and realistic, timeline to keep progress on track. Let’s get into the key components that are involved in building a timeline that promotes a smooth transformation of your home.
Prior to any actual work being done at your home there is a significant amount of time devoted to prep work and planning. This stage will be considered when we discuss the overall timeline, but it starts with getting as much information from you as possible about what your goals are, and what your vision is for your space.
But how do you know how much time to plan for, well, planning? The scope of your project is the biggest indicator of how long the planning phase will take. Other things that figure in are how many contractors and professionals – such as electricians, etc – will be needed. If you want to use skilled artisans that have a waitlist that needs to be factored in as well.
Which types of permits will be necessary is another large factor. Here in Miami, there are many different neighborhood associations and municipalities each with their own requirements in addition to County-wide regulations. Fulfilling their requirements means fitting your need for their approvals into your reno schedule as well as their schedule.
The amount of demolition and structural work involved in your project will make a big difference in your timeline. Renovations that are mostly cosmetic can run on a shorter timeline. By the same token, if your project involves roofing, framing, or any foundational elements you can expect those details to extend the timeline.
Making final choices about any materials needed early on helps keep your timeline on track. Some materials have longer lead times than others. This is one way we are able to manipulate the timeline during the planning process. If a shorter timeline is a goal, you have the option to choose some materials that will take less time to get in hand or plan well ahead.
Time must be figured in to complete the final inspections and approvals as well as the aesthetic touches that bring your home across the finish line. This includes painting, fixtures, trim, and detail work. Since these things do not require approval from any entity we are able to work on them at the same time as final inspections are being scheduled.
We’re ready to sit down with you to find out what your vision is for your home even if you think it’s early to get started. The sooner we start filling in the blanks the sooner we can give you a reasonable timeline to expect for your project’s completion. This is especially important if you need time to save for the project – starting to get the details down now will help you when you’re ready to pull the trigger. Let’s sit down together, give us a call.