How Are Renovation Timelines Being Affected By COVID-19?
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How Are Renovation Timelines Being Affected By COVID-19?

September 23, 2021

Increased Demand for Professional Services

The pandemic has prompted many people to renovate their homes, which means designers, architects, and contractors are in higher demand. These professionals are also expected to abide by social distancing standards, meaning crew members can not be working in close proximity and need more time to complete each project’s phases. Scheduling inspections and getting permits also require human attention, so naturally, these are taking longer than usual, as well.

Slower Production & Packed Warehouses

COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing are making many materials harder to get. This is thanks to higher demand, slower production (social distancing), and longer freight times. For example, the cost of wood has increased due to demand, and shipping for any items imported from abroad has greatly increased. Furniture delivery is also severely backlogged due to lower capacity in warehouses.

A Word of Advice…

…it is truly in your best interest to hire a professional! Having a team that is familiar with COVID restrictions and can navigate these nuances for you will save you so much time and frustration.

How Long Does a Renovation Really Take in 2021?

As I mentioned, things are taking much longer due to the pandemic. At the moment, it looks like it will be at least another 6-12 months for demand to settle back into normalcy. So, how can you judge your project timeline? Good question.

In our experience, if you take your normal project timeline and add 4 to 6 weeks, that is how long your renovation will take. If you’re thinking, “But I don’t even know a normal project timeline,” I’ve got you:

Bathroom Renovations

Normally: 8 to 10 weeks

Now: About 3 months

Kitchen Renovations

Normally:  3 to 4 months

Now: 5 to 6 months

Furnishing a Bedroom or Living Room

Normally: 1 to 2 months without custom items; 3 to 4 months with custom items

Now: 3 to 4 months without custom items; 6+ months with custom items

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