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How Long Will It Take to Remodel a Kitchen? A Simple Guide



Did you know that a kitchen remodel can add as much as $27,000 to the value of your home? A beautiful, modern kitchen is always high on the list of demands when buyers start house hunting.

But kitchen remodels aren’t instantaneous. So before you take the plunge, it’s worth finding out if you get your gorgeous new kitchen interior achieved in the timescales you need.

To help, we’ve put together this guide of the average timescales to remodel a kitchen.

Steps to Remodel a Kitchen

Most kitchen remodeling projects typically follow the same sequence of tasks. From first to last, here are the steps that you can expect to include in a traditional kitchen remodel process.

Measuring and Designing a Kitchen

First, you’ll need to measure the kitchen to know how the new units will fit (you’ll need to do this before purchasing a new kitchen). You might also want to hire an interior designer if you seek a high-end finish.

Remove the Old Kitchen

You’ll need to take the old kitchen out and strip your kitchen back to the bare bones. Optionally, you might need to replace pipes and wiring at this stage, too, if you plan on moving items like worktops, cookers, and sinks.

Safety Inspections

Any electricity work needs inspecting by a professional to ensure it’s safe. You might also want to hire a professional to check the plumbing installation to ensure you haven’t missed anything.

Walls, Windows, Doors

The average remodel doesn’t include structural changes. However, if yours does, you’ll need to allow extra time for your project.

That will allow for changes to walls, windows, and doors, plus any other structural changes (e.g., if you are creating a home extension).

Cabinets and Worktops

Your new kitchen can shape as you install sinks, appliances, cabinets, and worktops. Many professional kitchen companies offer installation services when renovating a kitchen, or you can hire a remodeling contractor.

Decor and Flooring

You are now ready to put the finishing touches on your new kitchen. You’ll probably want to lay new flooring, and you’ll need to tile and paint your kitchen.

Average Timescales

Timescales will depend on whether you opt for a basic refit or do something more complicated like a home extension, including wiring and plumbing. To help guide you, here are some typical timescales:

  • A good contractor can complete a basic remodeling in 2-4 weeks
  • More complex designs can take between 4-10 weeks
  • Major remodels, including structural changes, wiring, and plumbing, can take between 2-5 months

Perhaps you are limited in time (for example, if you want to get your house ready for sale). If that’s the case, think carefully about whether a more basic kitchen redesign will be sufficient for your needs.

Are You Ready to Remodel a Kitchen?

Good planning is the key to short timescales when you want to remodel a kitchen. Be realistic about what you can get done in your timeframes. Don’t be afraid to search high and low for the most reliable (and fastest) contractor.

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