Ask About Scheduling Restraints
Although contractors may not necessarily have a “slow season,” there certainly are times of the year that you can expect the most delays. The busiest times for remodeling professionals are typically in the summer and in the few months before the holidays. If you’re trying to remodel your kitchen during this time, it may take longer. This is because it’s harder to get subcontractors on the schedule and shipping materials may also take more time due to demand.
This is why you’re usually better off to start planning a kitchen remodel about a year in advance. You get the opportunity to choose a time that works best for you, and you receive the benefit of being one of the first people on the schedule.
When you look at the sample schedule, you might see some timelines that you think ought to take much less time. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that some tasks take longer than others, and some of them may simply be more complicated than you expect. The second is that your contractor may add a small cushion to each step, for delays in supplies, labor or even weather. This way, if one task takes a day or two longer, it doesn’t necessarily throw the entire schedule off.
Add a Cushion for Adjustment
Once you get the kitchen of your dreams, you might think that you will learn how to use it efficiently within minutes. And while this may be true for some people, you should still plan for an adjustment period. When you’re looking for something in the kitchen, your brain might try to switch to an older, familiar process that is now incorrect in your new space. It can take a little practice to get your hands used to opening different drawers or cabinets.
Give yourself a couple of weeks before a big event to get settled. This gives you time to put food and tools away, shop early and take advantage of new storage space, and make sure everything is just right before you add the stress of hosting.
Be Realistic About Timelines
It may help you to understand the remodeling process if you think about it like a relay race. The first person has to reach the first benchmark before the second person can get started. Similarly, there are a few parts of a kitchen remodel project that can be done at the same time, but many of them run in a linear fashion.
Work also must be completed in a particular order. For example, if there’s a delay in installing new plumbing lines, you don’t want to move ahead to installing the flooring or appliances yet. It’s worth keeping in mind that some tasks cannot be done more quickly by adding more labor. Having two or three people to lay flooring may go faster than one, but hiring five won’t double that speed. Understanding these factors can help you to relax and understand that a good result is better than a quick one, if you have to choose.
A couple notes from the sample schedule above:
- The Design Phase of planning any Home Remodeling project is a critical time in the overall schedule of a project. This is where all of the details are figured out, what the scope of the project will be, what the finishes will be, and what the finished remodel project will look like; with the use of a Design Rendering With all of the planning done up front; the possibility for delays during the actual construction is greatly reduced.
- As mentioned earlier, decision making is a big component for the remodel planning. Again, to reduce the possible delays once the project is underway: Do you think it'd be a good idea to decide on what the project is going to include before starting demolition? Which cabinet design will you decide on? What will the countertop material be? Otherwise, your project may come to a screeching halt, and create delays in the construction calendar.
- This sample schedule does not take in to account major changes you may have in mind. Is there a wall dividing the kitchen and family areas that you'd like to take down? What about the functionality of the kitchen itself; should you explore moving things around a bit for a better layout? Are you open to ideas that you may have not even considered? This all adds a little bit of time, how much is unclear until you dive in to the design phases of project scope development.
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