Ideally every commercial renovation project would run as efficiently and smoothly as possible. There’d be no delays or unexpected added costs. But, in reality, there are multiple factors that could negatively impact any commercial remodeling schedule. In this post, H.W. Holmes, Inc. – a commercial renovation company servicing Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties – looks at four all too common scheduling killers.

Size & Scope of Project

It should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway. The larger your renovation project is, the longer it’ll take to complete. The overall size and scope of project matters. The more complex the renovations are, the more likely problems or delays will be. As silly as it sounds, try to plan ahead for the unexpected. Make sure your timeline gives the crew time to address any problems and delays that might surface. Most importantly, make sure they have enough time to finish the job right. The last thing you want is a rushed job that’s done sloppily just to stay on schedule.

Weather & Acts of Nature

Weather or acts of nature like wildfires, mudslides, and earthquakes can understandably have serious implications on a commercial remodel timeline. Especially if the project is an exterior renovation or from-the-ground-up build.

Too Few Laborers

Construction companies nationwide are grappling with a labor shortage. 80% of California construction companies surveyed by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk said they’re having a difficult time finding good help and retaining existing workers.

That’s an increase from 62% the previous year. 38% of the Californian companies surveyed said the labor shortage has brought about scheduling delays and project cost overruns.

Availability of Materials

Any commercial renovation timeline relies on the availability of materials. Any request for special or custom materials will take longer to acquire than standard or basic options.

Similarly, certain installations will also impact your project’s timeline. For example, it’ll take longer to sand and re-stain a hardwood floor than it would to carpet it.

This is why it’s important to plan for your materials ahead of time. This way you and the contractor can determine how they’ll affect the project’s timeline.


You should be running your business or managing your properties, not managing a commercial construction crew. If you’d like to work with true commercial renovation specialists in So Cal, choose H.W. Holmes, Inc. We have a dedicated in-house project manager to ensure your project stays on schedule. Contact us today at (805)383-9929 to discuss your commercial remodel or build-out.