Understanding the Home Renovation Timeline

October 24, 2019

Understanding the Home Renovation Timeline

We’ve become an instant-gratification society.  So many of the things that we need or want are available at our fingertips–flight updates, groceries, directions. It should be no surprise that when I meet with new clients, they expect to have their kitchen renovation or new bathroom completed in warp speed.

But, that’s not reality.

With the home remodeling market in Northeast Ohio busier than ever, it’s even more important that homeowners understand the process and associated timelines for home renovation projects so they can set realistic goals and expectations. 

Learn what goes into Dover’s process in this short video.

Our team at Dover estimates that from the initial design meeting to final walkthrough, the average home remodeling project takes about two to six months. Here’s what goes into that timeframe: 

  1. Initial Meeting. During this discovery session, homeowners share with our designer their project vision (purpose of the remodel, what they’d like to include, products they like, etc.) Based on that input, the designer outlines a general snapshot of the project goals and expectations. This is also when we discuss an initial budget to make sure homeowners’ design ideas are in alignment with what we estimate for project costs (based on general scope). 
  2. Proposal and Design. If the homeowners’ project scope fits within our estimated budget, the designer develops a proposal that details the work to be included, within that budget. Our in-house design team converts project ideas into sketches, drawings, CAD designs and blueprints.
  3. Contract. During a proposal meeting, we review with clients the final plans and present a detailed proposal which includes project designs, CAD drawings and 20/20 drawings, as well as a contract that outlines work to be completed—including a written quote. With a signed contract, project work officially begins.
  4. Selections (cabinets, flooring, lighting, surfaces, fixtures, colors, etc.) Once the contract is signed, the designer assists homeowners in making all product selections based on their vision, design style and budget.
  5. Ordering and Scheduling. Project materials are ordered, permitting is submitted and contract work is scheduled.
  6. Pre-Construction Meeting. The designer and project manager meet with the homeowners to provide specific information about demolition and construction work, schedules and timeframes. At Dover, we provide a start date and punch-list date in writing, so homeowners know exactly what to expect.
  7. Construction Begins. Ongoing communication with the homeowners keeps them apprised of progress.
  8. Final Walkthrough. With the project complete, the designer and project manager conduct a project walkthrough with the homeowners. Final payment is not due until our client is completely satisfied.

The home remodeling process should be enjoyable—not rushed. I’ve found that when customers understand the process and the accompanying timeframe, they feel better prepared for the experience; and they’re happier with the result. Contact us today to learn more and start your project with Dover!

The best is yet to come,

Beth Orr