When working with a new client, this is probably the question we are asked most often. And while we would like to always give a quick, straightforward response like, “this bathroom will take exactly three weeks,” often the answer is a bit more complicated.
To use a bathroom as an example, the length of time a renovation can take depends on a multitude of factors such as:
- Size of the bathroom
- What kind of materials will be used? If the materials aren’t very common or have to be special ordered, the lead (order) time could stretch the job out.
- Is the layout of the bathroom remaining generally the same or will it be rearranged?
Once the job begins, unknown issues could be discovered after the demo process:
- If mold is discovered, it will need to be remediated before the job can continue any further, causing a delay in the renovation.
- Any previously unrevealed issues with pre-existing wiring or plumbing will need addressed and/or to be brought up to code.
Similar situations will be involved in any renovation, whether it is a bathroom, kitchen, basement, addition, etc. Ultimately, what a contractor should do is give a general estimate on timing based on the size and scope of work and provide consistent updates on how long the job may take based on any issues that may arise. A contractor should also be able to adjust on the fly, adjusting the schedule to try and get it back on track.