How long can a home renovation take

This is a question that is asked many times, and the answer does vary depending on what your renovation in your home, if it is just one room then it will be completed quicker then if you're renovating everything including the kitchen sink.

On average, a home renovation takes between 4 to 8 months but if your fully renovating then chances are it will take anywhere from 7 months or more to complete.  Now before you get discouraged by this number, remember this is from the beginning to the end of the project. On average the actual “build” time is less (6-8 weeks)

I can hear you ask – but what else needs to be done?  Well before those 70’s kitchen cupboards are demolished you need to do a few things first to make sure the renovation goes according to plan.  

Research – 2 weeks to 2 months or more.

This is when you have first decided that you want to renovate and you begin to look around at different styles. You check out pinterest and other social medias to get ideas and inspiration so you can make your house perfect.  Always print out or save the images of your ideas as it will really help with the next stage.

Planning  – 2 months to 6 months or more.

This stage is where you put the ideas to paper, and this is where you want to talk to your builders to see what will work, the materials and finishes that you would like and overall just mold your ideas so that it will work in your home.  This is also where you need to start talking numbers and budget, which can determine some factors in your designs like the materials used.

Pre- Renovation  – 3 months to 6 months.

This stage can take the most time as this is when you start to get the approval from the relevant authorities, working out a timeline, ordering trades and materials.  There is a lot of organisation to this stage and it can be the most vital stage in the whole renovation. If something is not coordinated properly then the whole project can be delayed or even cancelled.

The Build – As above 4 weeks to 6 weeks on average

This is the best stage as you will see your ideas come to life! Its where the tools come out and day by day you will see your dream become reality!

Project Complete

Now this stage is where all the final sign offs by the relevant authorities takes places.  It also takes into consideration the warranties and defect liability periods that you have with your trades and contractors.  Some warranties can be up to 3 months so this stage can take a little longer than the other 4 stages.