Considerations for Planning a Successful Kitchen Remodel
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Setting your remodeling project schedule
As much as I think the quote in the image is spot on, you can not allow your kitchen remodeling schedule to drag on and on and on, but you must allow flexibility in the schedule.
There are legitimate reasons why initial schedule stretch, so some scheduling flexibility is required.
First and foremost, and I say this as a contractor….. Do not put your contractor under such a time crunch that things get rushed. Customers have done this to us, and sometimes when we were not successful in pushing back (and sometimes there are legitimate reasons why a client has a hard date by which the project must be finished.
If it is estimated that the project is going to take 4 weeks, and you have a hard stop 4 weeks after the start date (maybe Mom is coming home from the hospital and needs quiet, maybe your large extended family is arriving for your daughters wedding, whatever), postpone the start.
Why is it that remodeling projects always take longer than initially estimated?
- Contractors are competing against other contractors and sometimes when we say “I need six weeks” we lose the job to someone else who said they needed four. To help us win more jobs we sometimes give optimistic schedule estimates because that’s what clients like to hear.
- Although we always factor in some time for hidden damage, we can’t know how much there really is and sometimes we do not factor in enough.
- Although we always factor in some time for scope creep (for example: once the project starts you decide you really want three times as many small recessed lighting rather than one third as many pendants) we sometimes don’t factor in enough.
The unexpected always happens. More hidden damage than is normally found is found. More scope creep that is normally requested is requested.
That is why no matter what schedule estimate you are given, for purposes of your own scheduling and sanity, factor in 50% more, just to be safe.
If your schedule does not allow that extra 50%, defer the project until it does. Trust me on this one. Been there, done, that, too many times.
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