The Best Contractors are Worth Waiting for

Yay!  You’ve decided to remodel your home.  Now that this difficult choice is made, you’re ready for the changes to happen RIGHT NOW!  If this sounds like you, it’s time to slow down.

Many folks believe that their project can be scheduled and built quickly once they’ve decided to move forward.  Reality is that timelines rarely move as fast as you’d like them to.  While some smaller, single trade projects like painting or flooring replacement can happen quickly, larger scale remodeling and renovations take much longer to plan and build.  This article is intended to help you develop a realistic timeline for your project.



The best contractors are in high demand.  Clients are more eager than ever to renovate their homes, while the industry is facing a labor shortage.  This results in many of the best contractors to have several months of work in their queue.  Typically, a firm that is booked out is in demand because they have a reputation for creating high-quality projects and treating their clients right.



Get started early!  Here are some typical timelines.  Keep in mind, this is assuming that your contractor has no other projects or clients already lined up.  Timelines for busy contractors may be even longer.

  • Set up appointments and interview contractors:  3-6 weeks
  • Planning and design work:  3-6 weeks
  • Order materials and submit city permit applications:  3-6 weeks

As you can see, it can easily be 2-4 months from when you decide to do something before the project can even begin to be built.  Once construction starts, the actual construction process takes time as well!

  • Bathrooms 3-6 weeks
  • Kitchens 6-12 weeks
  • Basements 6-12 weeks
  • Full home remodels can take several months



You may say to yourself, “I’m not going to wait for this contractor to fit me in.  I’m going to hire this other company instead because they can start right away.”  We implore you to ask the other company why they are available so soon and don’t have a lot of work lined up.  Often it is because they have a poor reputation.  Other times, the company may be so large that they have the ability to take on many projects.  This often results in you becoming “just a number” to them, with little or no personal service.

If you are considering a home remodeling project in a few months, give us a call today at 651-497-7715 to get the process started.


Allrounder Remodeling Inc. provides residential home design and remodeling services in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including the cities of Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St. Paul, South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, Oakdale, and Maplewood.

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