Step 3: make a schedule

Step 3: make a schedule

Drafting a schedule will help wrap your mind around what is ahead of you.  List out all the trades you need to tackle, and the approximate time each will take.  Keep in mind that this is just an approximation, and that inevitably things will need to shift.  (For example, we have not even started yet, but already our schedule is shifting out a week or so... more on that later!)

As an example, here is the rough breakdown for our project.

Demolition - 3 weeks
Framing - 4 weeks
Electrical - 2 weeks
Plumbing - 2 weeks
Mechanical - 2 weeks
Doors/Windows - 1 week
Drywall - 4 weeks
Paint - 1 week
Finishings - 3 weeks
Flooring - 2 weeks

It is helpful to have a general idea of when you will need to hire certain trades.  And also when you will need to order fixtures and other materials to arrive in time when you are ready to have them installed.

Ok, so now that you have a schedule, time for Step 4: find contractors.

 

 

Step 4: find contractors

Step 4: find contractors

Step 2: create a scope and budget

Step 2: create a scope and budget