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Let’s Be Realistic: How Long Does It Take To Renovate a House?

January 10 2019
by Andrew S

Let’s Be Realistic: How Long Does It Take To Renovate a House?

So, just how long does it take to renovate a house?

The short answer is way longer than you actually think it’s going to. As anyone who works in construction will tell you, massive renovation projects tend to hit hiccups along the way. These problems, like shipment delays, the discovery of mold within the structure, or even a burst pipe or faulty wiring, seem to be inevitable.

Even so, an experienced contractor can still give you a rough timeline for a project’s completion, usually with a little bit of wiggle room already built in to accommodate things like this.

How long does it take to renovate a house?

Here’s a rough timeline including all of the many aspects of a complete house remodel:

Before Construction Begins: a Few Weeks to a Few Months

Before you start remodeling your home, there are many steps you have to take to ensure that everything goes smoothly. If you don’t have a home already, this can take anywhere from one to three months to even locate and close on a property to renovate. This is especially true for home investors who are looking for houses to flip for profit. This is because there is usually stiff competition.

Once you have your property, you need to find your renovation team (which could be a team of professional contractors, but it could also be your friends and family. After you have your workspace and your team all ready to go, you’ll need to obtain the proper work permits and order all of your materials.

The arrival of permits and materials typically takes at least two weeks, but typically up to a month. So be prepared to wait, as working without the correct permits is illegal.

How long does each part of a house renovation take?

Here’s how long you should budget for each individual project when completely remodeling your house:

Attic Remodel: Eight to Ten Weeks

If you’re turning your attic into a bedroom, office, or other inhabitable space, you will have to integrate plumbing, electricity, and the HVAC system into the room. However, since the attic is so removed from the main part of the home anyway, you’ll find that an attic remodel doesn’t disrupt your life too much.

Installing Hardwood Floors: Two Days to Two Weeks

If you’d like to install hardwood floors, you have to rip up the old flooring, install the wood, sand, stain, and seal the timber. The reason the timeline for this project is so varied is because the true length of the project actually depends on how many rooms you are installing flooring into.

If you are only doing your entry hall it will take significantly less than time than if you are re-flooring your entire home.

Bathroom Renovation: Two to Three Weeks

Renovating a bathroom is certainly an involved project. Depending on the intensity of the renovation, you could be installing a new shower, tub, or toilet. You could be updating all of the fixtures in the sinks, or even installing new sinks and counters. You could repaint the whole space, give it a new floor, and you certainly won’t forget about the finishing touches like new towels, bathmats, and magazine racks.

Kitchen Renovation: Eight to Twelve Weeks

There’s a lot involved in a complete kitchen renovation. You could be replacing the countertops or cabinets, installing brand new appliances or refurbishing older ones, or putting in or removing an island. You could be switching out the flooring, backsplash, paint color, and more.

Kitchen remodels are extremely disruptive since they are the heart of the home. However, it’s better to just bite the bullet and try to get the remodel completed all in one go rather than trying to still use the kitchen during the remodel. This can be dangerous and stretch out an already time-intensive project for a longer period.

Basement Conversion: Two to Three Weeks

Unlike an attic conversation, basement conversation can take less time even though similar kinds of work need to be completed. This is because a basement is usually pretty disconnected from the rest of the home, typically even with its own door, so contractors can come and go as they need to in order to get the work done on time.

Roofing and Siding Replacement: One to Two Weeks

Homeowners typically revamp their roofs and siding in one go. This is because replacing a roof is very unobtrusive (albeit loud) construction project. It’s the same with repairing siding. You’ll hear some crashes and bangs, but your everyday life should remain uninterrupted.

After Construction: Two Hours to Two Days

Congratulations! You’ve finally completed the full remodel of your home. If you plan to live in the new space, it’s time to move in. If the remodel was a part of a flip, then it’s time to put your home on the market.

But, before you can do either of those things, there are still a few last minute details to attend to. You’ll want to take a few final walkthroughs of your home. While each one can last up to two hours, it’s unlikely that you will spot everything that you need to take care of on just one sweep.

After you’ve checked off the final product, you can make the final payments to your contractors and call it a day.

You did it!