If you’re thinking about starting a building project, it’s important to have an idea about how long it’s going to take. This will help you plan it for a time that’s convenient to you.
It can be really tricky to say how long a building project might take as it depends on the property and the professional you use. But to give you a rough idea, we’ve put together a typical timeline.
How long will a building project take?
Research: 1 week
The first thing you need to do to get your building project started is find a builder that you trust. You’ll be working with them a lot, so you need someone who understands your needs and will do what you ask them to do.
Begin by making a list of builders in your local area. Go through this and ask them to come out to your property to quote. You can then compare these quotes to work out what a fair price is. Make sure you look at online customer reviews and ask each professional for references – this will help you get someone reliable and skilled.
Building time: 1-10 weeks+
Once you’ve chosen a builder and they’re available, you can really get going on your project. How long it will take really depends on the scale of the work you need doing. A garage conversion that requires very few structural changes could take as little as a week. Projects like loft conversions and orangeries usually take a bit longer, more like 4-8 weeks. Extensions can take even longer, often around 10 weeks or more.
Total time: at least 2 weeks
So you could get a building project completed in a week, but the chances are that it will take longer.
Remember that there are plenty of things that could mean that your project takes more or less time than you expect. Material supply, contractor availability and the weather can all make a big difference. Plus, if your building project is particularly big or complex, you might want to consider hiring an architect too.
To get a more accurate idea of how long your building project will take, ask the professionals you contact to give you a rough work plan when they give you a quote. You can ask for a more detailed one if you decide to hire them.
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