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Are you wondering how long a bathroom renovation take? It is indeed an important question as you would want the bathroom up and running as soon as possible. Experts say it can take up to three to seven weeks, depending on the scope of work.
The reality is that only a tiny percentage of bathroom renovation projects go according to plan, and a range of circumstances can cause mayhem on your best-laid plans.
Whether you are doing a cosmetic makeover or a complete haul or planning to do it yourself or hire contractors and subcontractors, these factors can either shrink or prolong the time frame of your project.
Here we have offered a step-by-step breakdown of a typical remodel to help you determine how long a bathroom renovation takes.
Pre-construction Phase (3-4 weeks)
- Find Contractors And Schedule Visits
If you plan to hire contractors, it will take significant time for you to find a suitable candidate. You would need to schedule visits to the site with the contractors and solicit bids to find the best match. This pre-phase can take up to 1-2 weeks before you finally sign a contract.
Verify first if the contractor will be an owner-operator or subcontracting electricians, plumbers, and carpenters? Because then a project that takes 10 or 15 actual workdays to complete can take two or three months if handled by a contractor only.
- Obtain Permits And Approvals
This step can probably take the longest before you can finally move on to the construction phase. You will need an architect and an additional DOB permit to move plumbing or gas lines.
If you live in a single property, you won’t need to worry about building board approvals, but any electrical or plumbing improvements will require city permits to ensure that everything is acceptable.
- Source materials
If you will source materials by yourself, place orders as earliest as possible after finishing the design plan. Some equipment has a longer lead time, so that you wouldn’t want that to slow down the renovation process.
If you are short on time look out for in-stock and ready-to-ship items. Consult with your contractor to correspond the time of delivery and installation.
Construction Phase (1-2weeks)
- Cover The Items
If you have hired a contractor, they will do most work, but it is good to know what should be happening when. After the paperwork is done, it is time to prepare the site for remodeling. Protect the items with tarp and plastic that will not go into demolition. Covering up and paperwork can take from 4 hours to up to a day.
- Reroute Plumbing and Electrical
It will be easier to get plumbing and electrical work done when you have finally stripped down the foundation. You can reconsider or alter your plans at this phase because you now have a clear picture of the site. The rerouting stage can take up to 1-2 days.
- 1st inspection
The city inspector will conduct an initial inspection to examine and approve gas and water lines. The electrical examination is done after the installation. Assessment can take only a day, but getting an actual appointment could take days or weeks. So make sure to schedule the visit beforehand.
This phase will be divided over the days depending on the project’s scope. The whole process can take 1-2 weeks if there aren’t any delays.
It can start from rough carpentry if you don’t have a bathroom structure. Typically steps include tiling, waterproofing, flooring, painting, cabinetry, trim, fixtures, and finally plumbing and electrical fit off.
- Review And Wrap-up (1 -day)
You may want to hire a cleaning specialist to ensure the new model is squeaky clean. Otherwise, after cleaning, do a final inspection with the contractor. Check all the installations thoroughly and ask for any changes if needed.
The length of time needed for a bathroom renovation depends on the scope and size of your project. A simple remodel may take just two to three days, while larger projects can take more than six weeks. It is important that you work with an experienced contractor or designer who has completed similar projects in order to ensure there are no unforeseen delays during the process. If this sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, contact our team today! We look forward to discussing how we could help make your dreams come true with a new bathroom suite that will exceed all expectations.
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