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Our 19 Step Full Home Renovation Process And Timeline

This Is What You And Our Other Wake County, North Carolina Clients Can Expect When We Fully Renovate Your Home

Home after renovation

A full home renovation is a great way to create your dream home! But, it’s hard to prepare for unless you know the steps and how long it can take.

In this post, you can find out our home renovation order of operations. You can also find out our usual home renovation timeline and the main reasons it can change.

But We Don’t Know!

“How can we prepare for this when we don’t know what or how long?” asks Crystal.

Will nods, rubbing his beard. “You have a fair point, hon. We don’t know the home renovation process, so we don’t know what’s going to happen in our home. We don’t know the home renovation timeline, so we don’t know how long this’ll go on for.”

“And that makes it very hard on us,” points out Crystal. “Well,” -Will unlocks his phone and starts typing- “here’s an email our contractor sent us. It has blog posts that may give us the answers.”

He keeps scrolling through his email. “Here it is, along with home renovation costs!” he says excitedly. “The home renovation how-to and order of work. Let’s check it out.”

Here’s what the couple finds out:

Home Renovation Process

Hand drawing a bathroom remodel as the bathroom also becomes real
  1. Go through our normal onboarding process from filling out a contact form to a pre-job walkthrough
  2. Block off any areas we’re not working in to keep dust from spreading. This can include zip wall barriers, putting your house under negative pressure (which is where we close off the air vents and install a special fan to draw air out of the house, which keeps your home cleaner), and using an air scrubber to filter any leftover dust
  3. Demolition
  4. Rough work (framing, mechanical, plumbing, electrical) and any other inside the wall work
  5. Walkthrough with you to make sure everything is where you want it
  6. Rough inspection from city or county depending on the jurisdiction
  7. Insulation if needed
  8. Drywalling
  9. Finishes (carpentry, trim, new doors, windows, etc, cabinets, floor tile)
  10. Countertops
  11. Tile
  12. Painting
  13. Call in tradesmen for trim work (electricians, plumbing, mechanical)
  14. Flooring, which is done last so it doesn’t get damaged during the process
  15. Painters come in to touch up anything
  16. Clean from top to bottom
  17. Remove prep stuff
  18. Post job walkthrough with you
  19. 5-year warranty kicks in

We’ll also come to your house every 6 months for 2 years to make sure everything’s still in good condition.

Home Renovation Timeline

Area of home after renovation

For a 2,500 square foot whole home renovation,  the process can take 8 to 10 weeks depending on the scope of work, change orders, damages, inspections, specialty work, weather, and mistakes.

If no delays happen, our home renovation timeline looks something like this:

Week 1 – site preparation and demolition

Week 2 -3 – rough work

Week 4 – drywalling and finishes

Week 5 – interior trim and cabinetry

Week 6 – painting

Week 7 – trim out from trades, lighting, and fixtures

Week 8 – flooring, final finishes, and cleaning

The Main Reasons The Timeline Can Change

Kitchen after remodel

Scope of work. The more you want us to do, the longer it’ll take. Complex jobs take more time, materials, and labor while less complex jobs take less to complete.

Change orders. If you want to change something during the project it can add time. For example, we may need to order another material that may not be readily available.

Damages. Sometimes materials are damaged during delivery. We’ll need to get new ones, which may add more time. We may also find damages during the demolition phase. If we find any, we’ll stop working and talk to you about your options.

Inspections. City and county inspections have their own availability. While it usually happens quickly, if they have a lot of projects to inspect it can take longer for them to get to yours.

Specialty work. If you have something custom or special about your project, we may need to bring in more trades to finish your project.

Weather. If you’re having us do exterior work, rain and bad weather will keep us from doing this part. We’ll have to wait for better weather.

Mistakes. It doesn’t happen often, but if anything does we’ll work as quickly as we can to get everything back on track.

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“And now we know how long to prepare for, as long as nothing changes the timeline,” says Will. “And we know what’s going to be happening when,” says Crystal. Will smiles. “Exactly. Let’s see what else is on this blog that can help us prepare for our project.

More home renovation posts coming soon!

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