It is common nowadays to get an idea and run with it, and this is made possible by the amount of resources at our finger tips (technology, the Internet, etc) which ensures things require less time or planning. New TVs can be purchased at the mall around the corner, and lavish vacations can be booked within minutes online. However, home renovations, whether large or small, require some real thought and understanding of the implications. Your personal lives are greatly affected by a home makeover, and setting a realistic and manageable timeline can make all the difference.
A realistic timeline will account for all the time spent simply making choices For example, say you want to put a 20′ x 20′ addition on the rear or side of your home. The first step is to contact a contractor to understand the structural side of the expansion. With the go ahead from the contractor, you’ll receive a construction budget approximately two weeks from initial meeting. Factoring in time to consider the renovation and budget, contacting the contractor to confirm the proposed budget and sign a new contract, you’ll have docked another two weeks. Post contract signing, the contractor gets the architect involved, and depending on how busy they are, it could be 1-2 plus months before you have drawings ready to be submitted for permit. Note that now this also depends on the changes that may occur to the designs for it to meet your approval (it may come down to moving a wall or changing a window size or location). Once you, the owner, approve the drawings, they are submitted to the city for approval.
We have all heard about the long delays for getting a permit; so allot 2- 8 weeks for the waiting period. Once you have the permit, you are good to go! ..Well, not so fast. It is likely the contractor you hired has been working on other jobs (not sitting and waiting for yours) so they’ll need to schedule the necessary trades to get started and create a schedule. It is safe to allot the contractor 4 weeks before he can start.
When we tally this all up we can be plus or minus 6 months! If you decide to start this process in the summer, this puts you at a winter start date, and with a winter renovation comes extreme cold temperatures and extra costs for construction heat, breaking frost for the excavation, etc. You must also consider how your personal life will be affected when work actually starts, and this includes vacation time, kids activities, and work schedules.
Use this timeline to help plan ahead!
If you’re now asking yourself “what is a realistic budget?”, stay tuned for our next blog!