Common Delays During A Remodel and What to Look Out For

Comment by The AQK Team on March 13, 2017

Common Delays During A Remodel and What to Look Out For

When you plan your remodel, you have a calendar. You have a timetable. You have a plan – and it’s all going to work out and nothing will go wrong! Right?




Now, we’re not being mean. We just know that that’s the way things are! Of course, your contractor knows that delays are inevitable, so they try to plan for them and include them in the timeline.


But here’s the thing about delays – they’re unexpected. They can’t really be planned for, and there’s no way of knowing when they’ll happen or how long they’ll last for. So all you can do is hope for the best but plan for the worst.


You’ve probably have the hoping part down pat, but we wanted to help you with the planning part. So we put together a list of some common delays that happen during a remodel and what to look for to maybe try and prevent or shorten them.

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Delays In Home Remodel Projects: What To Look Out For


1. Weather

Living in New England, you’re probably used to unreliable or unpredictable weather. Snowstorms, rainstorms, and even hail can happen at anytime. Weather will really only affect outdoor projects like exterior painting and building. However, if there’s a big storm that prevents any road travel, builders won’t be able to get to your house to work, even if it’s indoor remodel work.


Obviously you can’t control the weather (or can you? Let us know, we need your help!) but it’s good to check resources like and try to plan to do remodels during mild months.


2. Backorders

Nobody likes backorders. Whether it’s those jeans you want to order or your new sink, back orders make us all annoyed. We want what we want, when we want it. And we want it now! Unfortunately, most things you need for a remodel can be put on backorder. Tiles, sinks, countertops, and even cabinets can be backordered if you are making decisions throughout the process.

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Pretty much the only way to avoid this is to order everything (or as much as possible) upfront. It might seem difficult to order everything at the beginning of the remodel, but it’s the only way to avoid backorders.

3. Bureaucracy

What does bureaucracy have to do with a remodel? Permits. Bureaucracy gives us permits, and we need permits to do some parts of a remodel. If you are planning on putting an addition onto your house or making any other major changes, you’ll need a permit.


If the permitting team is understaffed or if there’s an issue that doesn’t allow the permit to go through, then this can add days or even weeks to your timeline. You don’t have much control over this, but you can help by making sure everything is up to code before the permitter comes to check things out. That way, you can rest easy knowing you’ll pass the first time!


4. Pre-existing Issues

Mold. Asbestos. Water damage. Termites! These are the sorts of pre-existing conditions that you might not know about but could seriously delay any remodel work.


If you have a newer house, this might not be a problem for you. But in New England, we have lots of beautiful, older homes that could have years of damage you don’t know about. When you open up walls and ceilings, you’ll truly know how much damage you have to work with. Anything before that is guesstimation.

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The only way to prevent this is by being proactive. Take good care of your house and your basement, and get it checked regularly for things like water damage and bugs.


Ready for a Remodel?

Think you’re ready to dive into a remodel? No contractor can promise no delays but with these tips you can hopefully head off or be aware of what could possibly slow down your project.


And if you’re look for design and installation professionals to give you your dream kitchen, give Affordable Quality Kitchens a call for a complimentary design consultation!

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