How does Planned Projects save you time?
Now, let’s put a home renovation into an outside perspective to see how much time Planned Projects saves you.
*Keep in mind that we’re only counting the actual time spent on activities, not the time in between waiting, even though that is time you are wasting since it prolongs the completion of the project.
Step 1: Getting referrals from Facebook Recommendations or other
It seems that everyone nowadays is on Facebook asking the same questions over and over again. Who knows a good Winnipeg Roofing Company? Does anyone know a good Winnipeg Plumbing Company? Where can I find a decent kitchen renovator?
Even before we’ve started looking on Google search for companies, we’re asking friends or local neighbors.
Time = 30 minutes to 1 hour
Step 2: Google search & research
After we’ve asked around for referrals, we’re still not quite sure we trust the information we got, so we go to Google…as one does.
We type in a Winnipeg Home Renovation company related to our project and begin opening tab after tab.
With half a dozen tabs open, we start reading about each company, but to be honest all the information is just white noise. You’re not going to remember enough from each to come to a final decision.
Obviously, depending on the size of your project, you will spend more time for a larger, more costly project as opposed to a smaller, cheaper one. Did you know that, on average, a person will look at between 60 and 80 pages of a website before making a purchasing decision?
Time = 2 hours to 5 hours
Step 3: Calling the shortlisted Winnipeg home renovation companies
Now that you’ve decided on at least three home renovation companies, you want to call them to explain your project. Either that, or you possibly filled out a contact form on their website and are waiting for a call back. Hopefully, you wrote your inquiry on a Word document, so you can just re-copy and re-paste instead of writing it over and over again.
Also important to realize is that a few days may have already passed. Each day counts towards the time it takes you.
Time = 2 hours to 3 hours
Step 4: Arranging site visits
You want every contractor to see what they’re getting into, just as much as every contractor wants to see what they’re getting into. But guess what? It’s busy season and contractors are busy people.
You have to consider the time you are waiting for them to come, as well as the time you have to be home to meet them at your house. You could be waiting a few weeks at worst. Probably three to five days at best.
Time = 3 hours to 4 hours
Step 5: Revising all the information you’ve been given
The companies have now given you a whole bunch of information to go over. And probably between a week and two weeks have already passed.
Remember that going over the information is one thing, but deciphering and using a logic system to grade the information is a whole different game.
Time = 6 hours to 8 hours
Step 6: Secondary calls to the contractors
Going over the info, you realized that you have a whole bunch of questions. Now, you need to call everyone back, or email, to get your answers.
Time = 2 hours to 3 hours
Step 7: Going over the info again
Now that you have your answers, you revisit all the information they gave you.
By this time, you may have unconsciously started forming something of a logic system, but most people go off of emotion.
Do I trust the contractor? Did I get a good feeling from them?
Time = 3 hours to 5 hours
Step 8: Making a final decision and arranging start date
So, you’ve finally made your decision and now it’s time to have that last meeting where you sign the contract. Congratulations! It’s been a very long and busy few weeks or months since you started on this process.
Time = 1 hour to 2 hours
Adding it all up
We’re not going to add up all the time in the steps we’ve laid out here. You get the picture. Plus, we’re sure that there are other things that we haven’t included in this list. For example, we never covered anything past the start date.
But we digress…
The point is that Planned Projects will save you hours upon hours of actual time being spent on action items, whereas we also influence a very strict and efficient timeline for getting your project completed, meaning a lot less downtime waiting.
However, you don’t want to forget the greatest benefit of all, which is how much time do you have now to spend doing something else?
If you have any questions, please contact us.
As well, don’t forget to submit your home renovation project today!