How Long is Your Home Renovation Project Going to Take

How Long is Your Home Renovation Project Going to Take

When you’re in the middle of a home renovation it can seem like it is taking forever, endless days of noise and mess and you can’t wait to get back to normal.  Some projects like kitchen or bathroom renovations can completely disrupt your life and you want them over with quickly.  Basement renovations might be a little easier to tolerate, after all you won’t have to do your dishes in the bathtub because of them.  No matter the project, you want to know how long your renovation is going to take.  Let’s look at some of the more common renovations and how long they should take.

Bathroom Renovations:

Updating your bathroom with a new shower, spa features and updated fixtures all sounds like a dream.  Bathroom renovations can get pretty pricey with the average cost for renovation being around $30,00 not only that but you’re going to be living without your bathroom for 2-3 weeks when all is said and done.  If you have more than one bathroom it isn’t so bad, but in the meantime you’re going to have noise, workmen trudging through your house and brushing your teeth in the kitchen sink.

Kitchen Renovations:

There are two types of kitchen renovations, a simple upgrade  and a complete renovation.  Let’s start with the upgrade, that will cost on average about $30,000 and take up to two weeks.  This type of upgrade can include updating your appliances, new sinks, new faucets, replacing your cabinet fronts and installing some new flooring.

A complete kitchen renovation is where you take out all of the old cabinets and replaces them with new ones,  new countertops, new lighting, new flooring and new appliances.  This type of renovation will cost somewhere around $60,000 and can take up to 3 months to complete.  This type of renovation makes you want to tear your hair out.  You will need a general contractor, electricians, plumbers, you will need to get permits and you can get held up at any step along the way.

Replacing Your Roof:

While it is one of the more common home improvement projects, it’s one of the least disruptive to your life and the quickest to get finished.  A new roof will run you around $10,000 but it will generally be done in less than a week.  It will be relatively noisy but the mess is outside and there won’t be any workmen trudging through your home.  Once they are done, you will have to clean up the yard but it is way better than showering at the gym.

Finishing Your Basement:

Finishing your basement is a great idea, it gives more usable space in your home and it will increase the value of your home.  That being said it isn’t going to come cheap, the average cost to finish a basement is around $40,000.  It can take anywhere from two weeks to a month, depending on whether you need to add plumbing and electrical.  However, all the work is being done in an area of your home you’re not currently using. It will be noisy, but you can use the rest of your home as normal.


Cleaning Up After a Flood

Cleaning Up After a Flood

Water can be absolutely devastating to your home, it can do every bit as much damage as fire.  Having a flood in your home is not something that you ever want to experience and cleaning up the mess afterwards takes special equipment and a team of water restoration specialists.  The longer the water stays in your home the worse the damage is going to be and then you run the risk of having mold and that’s a whole ‘nother world of trouble.

Finding the Cause

First thing first you want to find the cause of the flood and deal with that first.  If the flood was caused by the weather, that’s one thing but if not then you need to address the cause.  If you have a plumbing problem then get a plumber into fix the leak before you deal with the mess.  If it was a roof leak then get a roofing contractor in to deal with that.  Once you have the cause addressed then you can start dealing with the damage.

The Clean Up

You may think that you can clean the mess up yourself but it’s not really recommended for a couple of reasons.  First if you have a sewage overflow then you have toxic waste in your home and that’s out of your wheelhouse.  If it is just normal water that has come into your home you should still call in a water restoration team to deal with the mess.  You need to have every nook and cranny checked for moisture to make sure you don’t get mold.  All of your electronics, furniture and appliances may need to be dried out and returned to working condition.  You also need to do this as quickly as possible or you will end up with another problem…mold.  Here is how to clean up after a flood.

  1. Go over everything in your home. If you’re doing this yourself start by assuming that everything is wet and needs to be cleaned and dried out.  Professional restoration services will use things like hydrometers or moisture detectors to determine the extent of the damage.
  2. You’re going to need proper tools. Again if you’re doing this yourself you’re going to need something that will remove the water quickly and start drying out walls, furniture and carpets.  You may have to rent a pump or Shopvac and some fans to get the process started.
  3. Get a dehumidifier to get rid of the leftover moisture. You really should get an expert in for this part too, normal residential dehumidifiers don’t have the power you need to get rid of the moisture left in your home, experts do.  Throw all the windows open and crank up the fans to make sure that your home is well ventilated so that it dries out quicker.
  4. Deodorize and disinfect everything. Once everything had dried out the carpets and furniture is probably going to still smell and you will want to get rid of that smell.  Everything in the home should be disinfected as a rule then use some deodorizers on the furniture and carpets to take out the smell and return your house to normal.

Ideally you should have a water restoration company come in to take care of the damage and mess, but if you’re left to do this on your own, follow these steps very carefully to get your home dried out and returned to normal.



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