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Things That Can Affect The Timeline Of Your Home Remodeling Project

by Marc Cole

A home remodeling project could be quite a rewarding experience. It could also be a nightmare, especially if you are not prepared for the potential obstacles that might come your way. Understanding the factors that can affect your home remodeling timeline is an important part that helps you plan and budget for your project.

Here are some factors to consider that might affect the timeline of your home remodeling project.

The Scope of Work

The scope of work is the first and most obvious factor that will affect your home remodeling timeline. For example, if you only need to work on the exterior of your home, then the project might not take as long as if you need to gut and renovate the entire home –– both in and out. In addition, some interior remodeling tasks will likely take up more time than others.

For instance, simply painting the walls or adding new living room flooring might not take as long as redoing an entire kitchen or bathroom. The latter requires several preparation steps, including demolition, extra plumbing, and electrical work, before the actual remodeling can begin.

In addition, the more complex the home remodeling project is, the more time it will take to complete. So, if you want to add an entirely new room to your home, that will obviously take more time than simply renovating an existing structure in the compound.

Be clear about what work needs to be done before starting the project so that your remodeling contractor can plan accordingly. You also need to be fully involved in the decision-making process to avoid last-minute changes that can further complicate matters and push back the home remodeling timeline.

The Availability of Materials

If you are planning to do a home renovation that requires special materials, it is important to factor in the time it will take to source those materials. You don't want to be halfway through your renovation only to find out that the materials you need are on backorder.

For example, if you're going for a vintage-style home renovation, you might have difficulty finding the right fixtures and fittings. Things like vintage doorknobs, light fixtures, and even kitchen and bathroom hardware can be quite difficult to source if you're not shopping in the right places.

The same applies to exotic materials like marble or hardwood floors. Finding a supplier who can provide you with the exact material you need for your home renovation might take some time. Once you've found a supplier, getting the material delivered to your home might take even longer.

All of this needs to be factored into your home remodeling timeline to avoid delays once the actual work starts. It would be best to source those items in advance so that you're not delayed during the remodeling process.