Should I Stay in My House During Home Renovations?

Embarking on a home renovation project can be thrilling, but it can also cause disruptions. As a general contractor who serves the South Shore of Massachusetts, we recognize that homeowners encounter several choices throughout this journey. A frequently asked question is whether to remain in the house during the renovation or find alternative accommodations. In this blog, we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of staying in your home during a remodel.

Consider the Scope of the Project

Consider the extent and complexity of renovation work before deciding to stay in your home. Minor improvements are less disruptive, while significant renovations can cause inconvenience and disturbance. Sometimes your General Contractor will recommend finding alternative accommadations during certain phases of your remodeling project. This can be both for safety and comfort. We recommend honoring your contractors opinion on this subject, it will make your remodeling experience much better.

Evaluate Your Tolerance for Disruption

Before deciding to stay home during renovations, consider the noise, dust, and disruptions it may cause. Assess your tolerance and any potential impact on children, pets, or health concerns. Some homeowners decide they don’t want to live in the house during any of the remodeling phases and others that stay during the entire process. As long as your general contractor tells you it’s safe to stay in your home, you are free to make this decision for yourself.

Safety Considerations

When renovating your home, safety is vital. Even with professional contractors, accidents can happen. If you stay in your home during the renovation, communicate with your contractor about safety protocols, construction zones, and potential hazards.

Impact on Daily Life

Living through a renovation project can disrupt your daily routine in various ways. Access to certain areas of your home may be limited or restricted, and you may need to relocate essential items temporarily. The noise and disturbances might affect your productivity if you have a home office or work from home. Assess how these disruptions might impact your lifestyle and determine if you can manage them comfortably. If you’re worried about the impact on your daily life, your general contractor will be happy to talk it out and give advice on how to handle it.

Budget Considerations

Staying in your home during renovations can help save money on temporary accommodation. However, it’s essential to factor in any additional costs that may arise from living on-site. For instance, you may need to eat out more frequently or allocate funds for cleaning services to manage the increased mess. Consider your budget and weigh the potential savings against the inconveniences and added expenses of living through the renovation.

See our blog on How to Create Your Remodeling Budget.

The Choice is Ultimately Yours!

Deciding whether to stay in your home during renovations is a personal choice that depends on various factors. While some homeowners may find it manageable and cost-effective to live on-site, others may prioritize their comfort and well-being by opting for alternative accommodations. Understanding the scope of your project, evaluating the potential disruptions, and considering your emotional well-being and budget will help you make an informed decision. Ultimately, working closely with your general contractor and open communication will ensure that your renovation project proceeds smoothly, regardless of your choice.

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Allison Guido

Almar's CEO has over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry. She is constantly learning and looking for ways to improve our homeowners' remodeling process and experience. Her mission is to break the Contractor Stereo Type and provide a great product at a good price for our homeowners.