The most common question we get from homeowners is “How long will it take to renovate my kitchen?” This usually follows right on the heels of “how much do they cost?” Our handy Renovation Checklist can give you some answers- but how long would it take to get those things done?
Here we’ll be looking at how long it takes for a kitchen remodeling for the average homeowner. Keep in mind that there are always exceptions to any rule- so your mileage may vary.
First, let’s take a look at the average time it takes for different kitchen remodeling tasks:
Cabinet installation: 3-4 days
Countertop installation: 2-3 days
Appliance installation: 1-2 days
Floor installation: 1-2 days
Painting: 2 days
Now let’s put that all together. For a basic kitchen renovation, you’re looking at about 10 days. If you have more extensive work done, it could take up to 3 weeks.
Again, these are just averages- your project may take more or less time, depending on the specific work that needs to be done.
It is not easy to focus on the details in construction. There are a lot of boxes that need to be ticked off before you start building what you have imagined. Here, we discuss these details and check them off one by one so as to avoid any delays while breaking ground!
STEP 1: Close on your property (1-3 months)
Unless you are doing a renovation on your current home, you will need to purchase or rent a property first. This process can take anywhere from one month to three months, depending on the availability of properties in your area.
STEP 2: Get your permits (1-2 weeks)
Once you have found a property, the next step is to get the necessary permits. This process can take anywhere from one week to two weeks, depending on your local authorities.
STEP 3: Schedule site visits and solicits bids (1-3 weeks)
Once you’ve reviewed the profiles of our contractors, choose someone to contact for a meeting. On-site visits are best because they provide an opportunity for both parties to find out about what’s possible and not possible in the space, as well as if there is any chemistry between you.
If your site visit goes well, then you can begin the process of getting bids from the contractor. This step usually takes 1-3 weeks.
STEP 4: Review bids and select a contractor (1-2 weeks)
After you have received the bids, it is time to review them. Make sure that all of the contractors have bid on the same items and that there are no hidden costs. Once you have selected your contractor, he will need a signed contract and deposit before work can begin.
STEP 5: Sign a contract and finalize the construction schedule (1 week)
After you have selected your contractor, it is time to sign a contract. This document will outline the specifics of the project, including start and end dates, payment schedule, and who is responsible for what. It’s also important to finalize the construction schedule so that both parties are aware of when work is happening on site.
STEP 6: Obtain permits and approvals (1-2 weeks)
Before any construction can begin, your contractor will need to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from your local authorities. This process can take anywhere from one week to two weeks.
STEP 7: Remove old kitchen (1-2 days)
The first step in any kitchen renovation is to remove the old kitchen. This process can take anywhere from one day to two days, depending on the size of your kitchen and the condition of your cabinets.
The construction phase is where all the hard work happens. This is when your contractor will be on-site, working to turn your dreams into a reality.
STEP 8: Demolition (1-2 days)
Now that you have finished the paperwork, it’s time to get down to business. Your contractor is going to pick up the sledgehammer and start tearing out everything!
Be sure any items staying in your kitchen are protected with a tarp or plastic while they work on clearing things out.
Depending on how large your kitchen is and how extensive this renovation will be, this should take less than a day or two!
STEP 9: Frame the kitchen (1-2 weeks)
The framing of your kitchen is one of the most important steps in the process. This is what will determine the layout and final look of your kitchen.
With that in mind, it’s crucial to select a qualified contractor who will take care of this step. You can expect this process to take up to two weeks.
STEP 10: Install cabinets and countertops (1-2 weeks)
Once the frame of your kitchen is in place, it’s time for the fun stuff: cabinet installation and countertop installation! Depending on the type of cabinets and countertops you select, this process can take anywhere from one week to two weeks.
Be sure to ask your contractor how long they anticipate this step takes.
STEP 11: Reroute plumbing and electrical (1-4 days)
When you’ve stripped the space down to its studs, it will be easy work to get new pipes or wiring where they need. Consider whether any plans need altering now that you can see what is behind the walls.
STEP 12: City inspections and sign-offs (1 hour on-site)
The city will be coming by to do a final inspection of your kitchen. This is usually a quick process, but it’s important to have everything ready so they can sign off on the job. Your contractor should be able to schedule this for you.
STEP 13: Final cleanup and payment (1-2 days)
After all the hard work is done, your contractor will do a final cleanup of the job site and you will make the final payment. This process should take one to two days.
And that’s it! You’re now the proud owner of a brand new kitchen. Congratulations!
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