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Cantor’s Corner: Renovate in Phases or All At Once?

Cantor’s Corner: Renovate in Phases or All At Once?

Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

Gregg Cantor
by Gregg Cantor

Resident Pro, The Approved Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel

As a professional contractor often working on large, multi-layered projects, I am commonly asked: Should we renovate in phases or all at once?

All At Once

My answer is in most cases it’s more economical and efficient to complete projects all at once because of the economies of scale, especially supervision and labor. Plus, if you’re routine is going to be disrupted, you probably want to minimize that duration.

Phases

However, there are exceptions. Frequently, our clients stay in their home while remodeling (unless it is a whole house renovation.)  In those cases when the homeowner decides to live through the remodel, we make sure there is always one functional bathroom.  Depending on what projects you are undertaking, it may not be feasible to accomplish it all at once.

Most home remodeling projects impact your normal routine in some way. We always make sure our clients are safe and inconvenienced as little as possible, but breaking a project into parts will extends the working days on a job.  Educating our clients and identify costs up front ensures they can make an informed decision.

 

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