Kitchen Remodel For the New Year

If you are planning a kitchen remodel for the New Year then you need to start getting your estimates TODAY.  Not tomorrow.  Do not wait!  Below, we have included some timeline information you need to be very aware of when planning your San Marcos kitchen remodel.

Selecting a contractor – 3 weeks

We are hearing more and more frequently that homeowners are having a hard time getting return phone calls from kitchen remodel contractors in San Marcos.  The reason is because this is the busy season for remodeling contractors.  Most projects are coming out of permits and are getting ready to build in September and October.

When you start looking to get estimates for your San Marcos kitchen remodel, you need to budget 3 weeks to meet with contractors.  Typically you will have two meetings (per contractor). The first meeting is to gather information and a second time to review your proposal and estimate.  San Marcos kitchen remodel contractors usually ask for 7-10 days to prepare your estimate.  Will the process start-to-finish take you 3 weeks?  It depends on your availability as much as it depends on your contractor’s availability.  It also depends on whether or not your contractor NAILED it on the design and estimate on the first round.  3 weeks is a safe bet in our opinion if you are motivated to get started and have a flexible schedule.

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Designing your kitchen – 2 weeks

While you are finalizing your design for your new kitchen, your contractor will need to take measurements of your current space for construction.  The design, measurements, and drawing stage adds 1-2 weeks.  The act of measuring and designing does not take that long. Most of the time delays are in scheduling coordination between you and the contractor.

Obtaining City Permits – 6 weeks

If you are moving walls, moving or adding plumbing or electrical then you will require permits.   If you are getting permits you need to tack on at least 6 weeks in your schedule (permits usually take 4-6 weeks if there are no city delays, corrections, or additional reviews needed).

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Product selection and delivery – 8 weeks

Selecting the finish materials for your San Marcos kitchen remodel can take quite a long time. Classic Home Improvements provide 4 hours product selection time with a coordinator to help expedite the process.  This is not a standard service though in San Marco so ask your contractor if they help you with product selection.  Once materials are ordered you are looking at 6 – 8 weeks to get all the materials delivered.  Most reputable contractors will not start on your project until all your finish materials have been delivered.  This helps to reduce construction time in your home if there is a material back-order or defective item.

Construction – 8 weeks

Once you start on construction there are some variables that need to be considered.  Each project is very individual in scope, complexity, and size.  We think it is best to budget 8 weeks. Holiday schedules, the access your contractor is given to the job site, and potential delays due to inspections may increase this time frame.

Budgeting for 8 weeks should keep you from disappointment.  Best case scenarios (if you are not using a handyman service) you can expect your kitchen remodel construction time to be to 4-6 weeks if you are just updating.  If you are doing a complete makeover with custom work (adding an island, removing a wall, etc) expect 8-10 weeks.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to suggest budgeting 8 weeks.  Use the higher time frame if you have a complex project.  ALWAYS get your schedule from your contractor because each remodeling contractor has a different schedule and timeline (which change throughout the year depending on how much work they have going on).

Scheduling to get started on your San Marcos kitchen remodel

As you can see – if you want to have your San Marcos kitchen remodel completed by the New Year then you are a little behind the 8 ball.  We took the highest range of each stage of your remodel to get our point across.  Can you hire a contractor in September or October can you get your kitchen remodeled by January?  Yes, but you had better move QUICK, be planning a simple remodel, and be very available to your contractor.  You will have to make quick decisions, resist making changes in scope of work, and select finish products which are not on back-order.  Most importantly – you much pick up the phone TODAY to get your free estimate.
If you are ready to discuss your San Marcos kitchen remodel, call us at 858-224-7373