The goal with every rehab is completing it as quickly as possible while keeping it on budget and without compromising quality. Each project is different depending on the scope and magnitude of the project but with each project, you need a timeline for the correct order of completing each step in the right sequence. Careful planning is required to avoid overlapping contractors or doing work out of sequence causing more work later on.
For example, if you paint the interior too soon, you’ll be touching up the paint after minor nicks and scuffs from installing large appliances, messy tile work, etc. (This has happened many times!). The goal is having as much work going at the same time that won’t negatively impact other work or cause additional work.
For illustration purposes, let’s assume you’re doing a project that needs a full rehab. Here is an example timeline:
Phase 1: All of the following items are the first things to do and can be done at the same time, independently of each other.
Phase 2: After Phase 1 items are complete, you move on to Phase 2:
This is just an example. With each project, constantly ask yourself, “What else can be going on right now?” Building a timeline upfront involves planning the sequence of work and then scheduling the contractors. This means that you need to be very organized with your contractors. It means you need to constantly think ahead about what’s going to be next.
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