This is an important question. After all, you have to figure out a lot of things about your life that are time-dependent. If you are moving out of your home and renting a place to live temporarily, you need to know how long a lease to sign. If you are moving in with relatives, knowing how long you will be with them is really important for everyone's sanity. If you are living in your house during the project, it is important to know how long you will be dealing with dust, noise and strange people walking around before you have even had your morning coffee. While providing an exact amount of time down to the day is not possible with any construction project, it is very feasible to provide a realistic range at the beginning and then tighten the range as the project progresses.
Many sophisticated construction companies use project management systems, such as Builder Trend and Co Construct. These systems have scheduling components that track deadlines for ordering materials and identify critical path connections among the various aspects of the project. For example, if it rains for a week and the roof schedule is delayed, a click of the button can update every item that follows the roof, such as gutters. Utilizing systems like these tends to be an indicator that the contractor is capable of providing a realistic time frame for completion and sticking to it. Contractors who not only use such a scheduling program but also give their clients access to the schedule are typically highly organized and confident enough in their company’s systems that they are able to actively engage the client in the construction schedule.
So how long will it take? Here are some examples of projects and their associated time frames. Keep in mind that these time frames do not include the design and permitting stages that occur before construction starts.
Good contractors have well defined processes in place that ensure delivery of a project on time, on budget, and with great quality. As with any relationship, everyone has to follow the process in order to achieve success. If the person in charge of selecting finishes, such as the owner or interior designer, is meeting all of the predetermined deadlines provided by the contractor, then the contractor is able to maintain the schedule. However, if selection deadlines are not met, then there may be nothing the contractor can do to keep the project on schedule.