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Why Do Contractors Take So Long

Have you ever had a home remodel completed and wondered why the project took so long?  Or are you considering remodeling and are concerned about how long the project will take?  Most people only consider the time spent in the house doing the actual labor.  There is actually quite a bit that happens behind the scenes of a major remodel which you may be interested in learning about.

Accounting

When a job is awarded, there is a lot of paperwork that has to take place.  Accounting files have to be compiled and entered into a database.  Pay schedules have to be entered into accounting software.  Folders are created and distributed to various team members which include details about the scope of work.

Design

Measurements have to be taken of the existing space.  Detailed CAD drawings are drawn, which are used to tell the installers where, how high, and which direction to install the products which will be installed in your home.

Permits

Waiting for permits is never fun and can take several weeks sometimes, depending on the city.

Product Selection

Product selection has to be completed by the homeowner.  Once everything is ordered, the wait time begins for all the material to show up.  Most contractors will not start a project until all the material has been delivered to reduce the construction time spent in the home.

Purchasing Department

The purchasing department coordinates schedules to make sure installers are available to start and complete the project without stopping.

Internal Coordination Meetings

Your contractor will have several internal coordination meetings to ensure the project runs smoothly.  Accounting, purchasing, design, and project managers meet more than 3 times during your project.   They will discuss the scope of work and coordination of laborers, layouts and designs, and confirm all applicable permits and inspections have been received, as well as confirm all materials are ordered and received in the correct quantities.

Demolition

Demo is actually pretty quick, we admit it.

Installation

The installation timeline depends on what the scope of work is in the home.  Tile will take longer to install than carpeting, for example.  Also, if you have a contractor who is using specialized trades in a small space, it may take a little longer to complete the installation because, for example, it can be difficult to have 2 installers in a small hall bathroom working on two projects at the same time (ie:  your electrician and plumber).   If it is a larger home remodel, it is easier (and quicker) to have multiple trades working throughout different areas of the home.

Inspections

Inspections are scheduled by the city who performs them.  Your contractor does not have control over when they will show up.  Most times your contractor is given a 4 hour window that the inspector will show up.  In addition, some home remodel projects require several inspections.

“Pick up”

Pick up lists or customer service lists are created by the contractor and the homeowner towards the end of the project.  Pick up does not take long, but sometimes it can take homeowners a while to decide what they want touched up, if anything.

Just like any other industry, the remodeling industry has many steps, stages, and people involved.  You may be surprised to know that there can be up to 10 installers in your home during a remodel and behind the scenes are another 10 individuals working to make sure the project runs smoothly.  When you consider the coordination that takes place to make sure your remodel is completed quickly with quality workmanship, the process is pretty intriguing.