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The Timeline – How Long Will My Pittsburgh Remodel Take?

Posted by Helene McQuaide on 18th October 2018

Waiting just may be the hardest part of a home remodel. As a homeowner, you’re understandably eager to see the job finished as quickly as possible. Although your contractor can give you an estimated time frame for your project, these factors may affect the completion date of your renovation.

Project Scope

The extent of work to be performed is a key consideration in developing the timeline for your Squirrel Hill kitchen renovation or Mt. Lebanon, PA, basement remodel. Generally, a family room remodel will take much less time than a kitchen remodel or a complete basement overhaul. Projects that involve plumbing or electrical work or additions will always take longer than those that are largely cosmetic. Big jobs typically require more subcontractors. Unfortunately, busy craftsman or contractors may not always be available precisely when you need them, which can slow the progress of your remodel.

Amount of Custom Work

The big box home improvement stores will probably offer everything you need to complete the job if you’re planning a budget renovation, but off-the-shelf is probably the last thing you want if you’re tackling an upscale renovation. Custom finishes and products are created just for you and take longer to produce. Custom work can extend home remodels by a few months, but the results are usually worth the wait.

Unforeseen Issues

You never know what you find when you open a wall, floor or ceiling in an older Pittsburgh home. Outdated electrical work, leaks, termite damage and other crucial issues will cause delays and may increase the project budget. Addressing these problems is a must and will ensure that your finished remodel not only looks good but is safe and structurally sound.


Bad weather can also be a factor, particularly if you’re building an addition, reroofing your house or tackling an outdoor renovation. Rain, snow and hail may slow down your job, but there’s nothing to do but wait for the storm to pass. Even if your remodeling project doesn’t require outdoor work, delays can still occur if snow or ice storms make traveling on local roads hazardous.

Permits and Inspections

The permit and inspection process sounds straightforward. You complete the paperwork, receive the permit, finish the work and pass the inspection. In reality, the process isn’t always so simple. It’s important to choose a home renovation contractor who is familiar with codes and regulations in your municipality to limit delays.

Your Timeline Shouldn’t Be a Secret

Although it may not be possible to give you an exact date for project completion, your contractor should be able to provide an estimate and explain the various steps in the design and building process. At Master Remodelers, those steps include:

  • Initial Meeting: We’ll visit your home and spend 60 to 90 minutes discussing your ideas and brainstorming ideas.
  • Phase 1: During this phase, an architectural designer will assess your home to determine a project scope, discuss possibilities and identify potential areas of concern, such as zoning restrictions or structural issues.
  • Phase 2: The design team uses photographs, floor plans and measurements to develop 3D computer-aided visuals that will help you visualize the finished remodel.
  • Phase 3: If you’re happy with the design, you’ll receive an estimate completion date and proceed to the construction phase, when our plans for your home become reality.

Are you ready to begin a home renovation? Contact us to learn how we can help you transform your home.


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