Home Ownership

How Long Do Home Renovations Take? A Project-by-Project Breakdown

Let's face it: Renovations take a long time. Sometimes weeks. Sometimes months. In many cases, even the smallest of upgrades can last for weeks. And there are a lot of you investing in the undertaking: In 2016, homeowners spent a record $361 billion on home improvements, thanks to comfortable equity cushions. Though the numbers have taken a modest dip since, spending is expected to expand to over $330 billion in 2020. With over half of homes in the U.S. built before 1980, upgrades and maintenance are a continual must.

So when it comes to construction projects, it's no surprise that homeowners would ask: How long will that take? In short, the answer is, it depends" Lots of factors come into play when creating a timeline for completion: the size of the space, availability of materials and funding, weather, if the contractor finds a problem, etc.

In our infographic, Discover takes the guesswork out of planning your next remodeling endeavor, especially when it comes to upgrades that give you the highest return on investment (ROI). Those include converting your attic to a bedroom, upgrading your kitchen (both major and minor), adding on to your family room, building a deck and finishing a basement. Use this cheat sheet to do the job right and within the expected timelines.

Don't skip necessary steps just to get the job done. Good things come to those who wait. Keep this in mind when you decide to upgrade your home. With smart financial planning and schedule flexibility, you're guaranteed to create the home of your dreams.

Infographic of home renovations and how long they take


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