Should Stay in my Home During a Remodel?

By: Nicole Patri

Remodeling can be an emotional process, especially when deciding if you should stay in your home or live away while construction is taking place. In most cases, staying or leaving is a personal choice. However, some remodels will almost certainly have you looking for temporary housing. You should be sure to consider all the ups and downs that come with living on site while renovating.

There are some projects where moving out for the time an obvious choice. Some examples of those projects include ripping off the roof, a whole home remodel, or certain additions, etc. There are also some projects where you can stay at home up until a certain phase. If you are renovating more than 75% of your home, you will almost certainly want to leave. We recommend asking your team for their advice because each remodel will be different.

If you do have a remodel where you can stay put in your home, we will not lie and say living on site is easy. However, it does come with several advantages, including saving money. You will available if the carpenters have questions and the property can be more secure than if it is left vacant.

Some things to consider:

1. Inconvenience: No matter what, you are going to be inconvenienced when remodeling. We will have to make a mess before we can make progress towards the home of your dreams.

2. Dust: Dust gets everywhere, no matter how many barriers and protection measures get put up. Dust will be especially prevalent during the demolition phase. Dust can also make its way to areas we aren’t even working in.

3. Safety & Space: Safety and space are important to consider. Living in a construction zone, you need to be aware of where the kids and pets are going at all times. You’ll need to find a way to keep them out of work areas and find temporary homes for all their things. Everything becomes a toy or play space to them. Safety is our number one concern.

4. Pets: Even if you are comfortable living with the noise and disruption of a remodel, it may cause your pets undue stress. We recommend planning for this in advance.

5. Disorder: Nothing will be where it is supposed to be or where you are used to it being. You will need to pack things away, put them in storage, and clear the areas where workers need to be working. You’ll need to set up temporary spaces for access to things you need on a day-to-day basis.

6. Downtime: You may not have access to all your appliances, plumbing, and more during remodeling. In many cases, we may have to turn off gas and electricity. This outage could last for an extended time depending on the project.  

7.  Progress Speed: If you are living in the workspace there is less opportunity for workers and subcontractors to go by and get things done when they have an unexpected opening in their schedules. This could potentially slow down the process and cause slight delays.

The decision to live in your home during a remodel is one that we don’t want you to take lightly. While sometimes the decision is easy with smaller projects, we know that it can be more difficult with larger-scale projects. We want to give you the most tools information needed to make the best decision for you.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us in the office during business hours 8AM-4PM, Monday through Friday.

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