When it comes to managing rehabs, one of the most common questions I get asked — from both novice and experienced investors alike — is, “What is the correct order of renovation tasks?”
For some aspects of a renovation, there are no hard-and-fast rules on what comes first and what comes next (for example, whether you install flooring first or paint the walls first). For other aspects of a renovation, it’s absolutely critical that certain tasks are completed prior to other tasks — otherwise you risk failing inspections, creating roadblocks and frustrating your contractors.
Here is a general guide to the ordering the tasks of a typical renovation project (CLICK TO ENLARGE):
There’s not enough space here to go into all the details, but if you want a full understanding of the dependencies, typical time frames and other details around each of these tasks, I wrote 30+ pages on this topic in my book.