Home Renovation Timeline: What You Need To Know

Home Renovation Timeline: What You Need To Know

If you are looking to renovate your home, you might be having several questions in mind. You need to plan budget, get loan approval, hire contractor and manage a lot of other things. Another thing that often confuses us is the home renovation timeline. When hiring contractors, people just want to know the time it would take to complete the entire renovation process. Well, if you are also looking answer to the same question, this article will put some light on this topic.

How long does the actual renovation process usually take?

Usually, BTO flats take around 10 weeks and Resale flats take around 14 weeks to complete if there are no delays. However, certain factors such as budget can cause delay of about 1 to 2 weeks.

Some common problems that people come across during renovation process include:

  1. Running out of budget: Most renovation contractors only provide basic renovation packages. These packages only cover the basic work that is utmost necessary for your home. It doesn’t cover any extra work or additional changes you want to make to your home. Hence before hiring a contractor, you must discuss everything with him in detail. Read on reviews of different contractors before deciding one. Any kind of miscommunication can lead to misunderstandings or delays in the future.

Also, make sure you have all the right measurements in order to avoid any last minute changes to the design plan. This will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. In addition to that, always leave some room in your budget for extra work. For example, if your contractor has given you a renovation budget of $50000, it’s better to keep at least $70000 budget in place for unexpected additional charges. Sometimes materials end up costing more than expected, so the original budget may not be sufficient.

  1. Unavailability of certain materials: Unavailability of certain materials during the renovation process can also cause delays and extend its timeline. Hence, you should keep yourself prepared for this situation and stop panicking. If this happens, either you have to wait for the materials to be available or spend extra to import them from some other place. Your contractor can tell you what could be done if unavailability of materials is delaying the entire renovation process.

  1. Friction between homeowners and contractors: The unrealistic budgets or timelines set by the homeowners are the major reasons of friction between homeowners and contractors. Choose a contractor whom you trust and are easy to communicate with. An ideal contractor is transparent with you, clearly understands your requirements, upfront with his costing and willing to rectify renovation during the process. Hence, before hiring a contractor, do your own background research and ensure that the price and timeline he is conveying to you is reasonable.

The Bottom Line

An exact home renovation timeline can’t be calculated with so many problems that you may encounter during the process. However, keeping a clear communication with the contractor will help you get the status of the work and regular updates during home renovation process.

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