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Should I Stay in My Home or Move Out For my Renovation?

So, you’re coming up on the date – everything’s been signed and planned out. The designs have been approved, the contractor is ready to go and you’ve been asked to remove all of your personal belongings from the space that’s about to be renovated.

And then the question pops into your head – “should I stay in my home or move out for my renovation?”

Now, if you’re working with a quality first contractor, then this is one of the first conversations you will have had – if you haven’t been so lucky, then that’s okay, we’ll go through the pros and cons with you now.

I’d like to get right to the point for you from the start – if it’s at all possible, we always recommend to our clients that they move out of the home for the renovation process.

Here’s why.

We like to look at stressors as a points system. Every time you’re exposed to a stressful situation, you lose a point on the calm scale.

Staying in your home during the renovation process is not only stressful, it can also be a little unsafe.

Now, please keep in mind that this is your choice, and each and every client that we work with needs to decide for themselves, and we’ll always work with our clients through their decision making process.

But, staying in your home during a renovation just isn’t worth the aggravation when considering your daily lifestyle.

It always helps to think of how you value your time and your stress levels. Yes, it’s going to be challenging to find a short term rental – maybe 4 – 8 months. And, yes – it’s going to cost some money.

It’ll take you some time to adjust to your new living situation, and it’ll take some more time to get moved in. But, Hell – who doesn’t like an adventure?

Let’s look at the opposite, and what it will cost you to stay in your home during the renovation.

Every single day, from 9:00am until 4:00 or 5:00pm, there will be loud and dirty chaos happening in your home.

That’s 5 days a week, Monday to Friday – impeding on your space and interfering with how you like to spend your time – for 4 to 8 months.

As much as we do our best to mitigate dust travel throughout the remainder of the home, there is no sure fire way to prevent all dust and debris from spreading throughout the other spaces. It isn’t healthy to live on a job site for multiple months while work is being done.

While we recommend and encourage regular site visits, these visits are during the day and are in controlled situations with contractors and site managers present.

If you choose to stay in your home for the duration of a project, you’re choosing to live on an active construction site for multiple months at a time – this is enough to drive even the most calm and collected of us to insanity.

It’s always dirty, it’s always loud, and there are always physical hazards that yourself and your family members need to be aware of.

There can be trip hazards, exposed insulation, collections of drywall dust and material piles throughout the space that is being worked on.

Throughout the years of service that we’ve provided to the Niagara Region, we’ve seen both sides of the coin.

We’ve had people stay in their basements while we do a main floor renovation, and we’ve had homeowners stay with family members or rent a home while we do their full home remodel.

Nine times out of ten, the process goes smoother, and is more enjoyable for all parties when the homeowner moves out of the home for the duration of their project.

Now, in saying this, life can be complicated, and if it’s completely impossible to move out of your home for your project, then we’ll never push it on you – it simply isn’t our place.

Do know that if you decide to stay in your home for your renovation or remodel project, we will do everything in our power to leave the site as clean as possible at the end of each and every day – and we’ll keep it as safe as possible for you and your family as well.

Also know that one or more employees may regularly bug you for a coffee here or there. Ha!

When you’re deciding whether to stay in your home during your renovation/remodel or to temporarily move out, I hope you’re able to consider all of the possibilities throughout the process, and to make a decision that’s in the best interest of you and your family’s health, safety and sanity.

If you have any questions about any of these processes, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

To Your Success, The SteveBuilt Team