We are about 20 days from closing on our first investment property, yay! And while I've been fairly proactive thus far on getting multiple quotes for work, I'm curious, what is the best order to get work done? Do you have a tried and true schedule? I'm a type-A and like to have a plan going into a project. Looking for any insight the experienced investors have.
I don't know how much work you are planning to do so I can't answer with any specificity except to say yes, there is an order for construction projects.
The first order of business is to get the property "dried in" and secure. If you need a new roof, siding, or windows you do this first to ensure that following work doesn't get damaged by weather. You also change your locks and install security at this point if you need it. Demo happens at this stage as well.
Next come your systems, the least flexible things go first, HVAC, plumbing then electrical rough in. Insulation and sheet rock (drywall) come next. Then bathroom tile and finish plumbing (or top out).
Finally comes your finishes, messiest to cleanest - paint first, then cabinet set, flooring, finish carpentry (doors and trim), final electrical and hvac. Then construction clean.
Exterior paint can come at any point after dry in, landscaping including hardscape like driveways and paths comes last.
This is in a perfect world but it probably won't happen that way, trades will be out of order and everyone will be on top of each other. The plumbers and the hvac guys are going to cut some structure that shouldn't have been cut, the electricians will run their wire in the wrong place and the other trades will get angry and the carpet guy will tell you he is only available a week after your finish carpenter is scheduled to complete. Managing a construction project is a combination of babysitting, juggling, acting as a referee and a cash machine, with a dash of a dictator thrown in. It's my favorite thing in the world, and the worst thing I ever do all in one.
@Tamara Deering gave some good tips on the order of things. And don't let the potential issues she mentioned scare you. It can sometimes get a little chaotic but you can also set the tone for the whole job too. If you are relaxed about everything, using licensed professionals with high ratings for everything and have great contracts in place that keep everyone in line or face penalties, you can have a good experience.