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Home Renovation: The "Correct" Order


Spring has (not yet, but just about) sprung and we are all for it! Because spring also means home renovations! While they are exciting and fun, home remodels take time and money, and there are several steps to be aware of. This is why planning and budgeting before any renovation is crucial to a successful home remodel. The following steps will address an entire home remodel from start to finish, including necessary tips & tricks to ensure your project will move right along!


“On average, a complete home remodeling project takes 3-6 months to complete, but this all depends on the overall size and complexity of the project, as well as who you hire to do the work and the amount of work you choose to do yourself.


A good rule of thumb: For every $10,000 spent, expect it to take 1-2 weeks to complete the work.


However, before doing any work, there is planning to be done, contractors to hire, permits to be pulled, etc.—all of which takes time” (Hometown Demolition).


Common Total Home Remodel Timeline:

  • Planning: 1 month

  • Demolition: 2 weeks

  • HVAC, Electrical & Plumbing: 5 days

  • Framing & Drywall: 10 days

  • Painting: 1 week

  • Cabinets & Fixtures: 1 week

  • Doors & Windows: 5 days

  • Clean House & Air Vents: 1 day

  • Flooring: 1 week

  • Trim & Finish Work: 1 week

Now that you have an idea of how long each step will take, let’s break down the process in more detail:


Step 1) Planning


The most important aspect of the planning process is ensuring you have enough money to pay for the project, regardless of how big or small the scope of work may be.


The various costs that factor into a house remodel can be much different than you think, so start a running list of all your must-have and want-to-have items in a spreadsheet.


Then, do some quick research to determine average costs for those items, and tally it all up to get a better idea of what it would cost.


The most difficult aspect of budgeting is estimating the cost of labor. However, it’s generally a safe bet to plan for labor accounting for 20-40% of your total budget. Your budget should also include a 10-20% contingency depending on the size and complexity of your project.


This may seem like a lot, especially when you’re trying to make every dollar count, but keep in mind that this is a safety net, and you will be left with extra money if it goes unused.


A vast majority of issues arise during the demolition and framing/drywall process, when common problems, like leaking pipes, mold, defective wiring, damaged foundations, and termite damage are typically discovered (Hometown Demolition).


Once you get through this stage of the process (Steps 1-4), you can spend the rest of your contingency on whatever you want!

Next, it’s time to decide how to divide and conquer. Decide based on your personal experience and time frame, could you DIY certain projects? Do you need to instead hire out contractors to save time? If you need to hire a contractor, the ideal contractor will:

  • Have experience doing the specific work you’re hiring them to do

  • Be licensed and insured to do the work

  • Acquire all the necessary permits for you

Once you’ve figured out how to divide all the work, it’s time to begin!


Step 2) Demolition

A dumpster is ideal for keeping a project moving efficiently because you can remove debris from your home as it’s demolished.This will minimize the mess and enable you to finish the project as quickly and smoothly as possible.


If you decide to do any of the demolition work yourself, exercise caution and follow all safety precautions.Demolition can be very dangerous, especially when performed haphazardly.


Step 3) HVAC, Electrical & Plumbing

Once your demolition work is completed, the “rough-in” process can start.


This involves any work done beneath floors or behind walls, like installing ductwork for central heating and air conditioning, installing new electrical and plumbing systems, etc. This is when plumbing and electrical inspectors will need to come inspect your home and ensure you have up-to-date systems. If you know re-wiring and plumbing will need to be completed, handle all rough-in work before flooring, drywall, and painting work, as it could be damaged in the process.


Step 4) Framing & Drywall

Once all the plumbing, electrical, and HVAC updates are addressed and signed off on, it’s time to tackle framing and drywall. The drywall process involves hanging sheets of drywall, applying drywall compound, letting the compound dry, and sanding it smooth until a seamless surface is achieved.


Typically, the same contractor can handle the following as well:

  • Moving and constructing walls

  • Adding support beams

  • Window and door openings

Step 5) Painting

Once the drywall is smooth, it’s time to paint your newly blank canvas!


Painting is something you can do yourself, but it can also be backbreaking work.


In addition, if you want to achieve a clean, flawless paint job without the stress, you’ll want to hire a pro. (Call Pro Painters at 720-217-5792 to schedule a free estimate!)


Step 6) Cabinets & Fixtures

With your newly painted walls, the rest of the space can start to come together.

Cabinetry, lighting, bathtubs, showers, toilets, sinks—have these installed next. If you are not installing new cabinets and must paint around them, that’s okay! It does make it easier to paint before installing any cabinets and fixtures however, if you are doing a FULL remodel.


Step 7) Doors & Windows

Next, it’s time to install windows and hang doors.


This is another debatable step in the remodel process - some sources claim you should have windows installed and sealed prior to paint, but this is specifically when you are only replacing windows, and not installing them. When doing a total remodel, it is best to install new windows and doors after fresh paint, to avoid messing up the new trim, glass and window sills.


However if you are simply painting and replacing windows, it may be best to replace windows first, then paint.


Step 8) Clean House & Air Vents

If you rented a dumpster, the main pieces of debris should already be out of the way. Now, sweep or vacuum up any remaining debris and grime. All that renovation dust gets everywhere, so have a professional come to clean out your air vents and furnace.


Step 9) Flooring

Generally speaking, it’s best to hold off on flooring installation until the end of the remodeling process, so they don’t sustain any scrapes, nicks, or damages.


Carpeting, laminate, tile, and any remaining flooring should be the next step of the remodel process.


Step 10) Trim & Finish Work

Once flooring is installed, it’s time to nail up trim and finishes, door frames, and baseboards.


You did it! Congratulations!


Now, it's time to move in furniture, decor, appliances, and all the stuff that helps make your house a home. Use carts and drop cloths to avoid damaging your newly remodeled home as you bring items inside.


Then, kick your feet up and enjoy your new space!


Home remodeling can be such an exciting adventure. We hope these steps make your next remodel stress-free, efficient and fun! And remember, contact Pro Painters for a free quote on painting your beautiful home! Happy remodeling!

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