When planning a renovation, it’s important to determine whether or not you will stay at home during the process or find temporary housing until the project is complete. Here are some relevant points to consider when deciding whether to stay or go during a renovation.

Relevant points to consider when deciding whether to stay or go during a renovation:

Budget

  • What will it cost to find temporary housing? Do you have relatives or friends who will offer to assist you?
  • Does the contractor charge extra to account for service delays if you choose to stay in the house?
  • Will remaining in the house threaten to delay the project? If so, you will need to calculate if staying in the house will still save you money.

Scope

  • How large in scope are the renovations? For instance, if the roof is coming off, or the house is being raised; it will be very difficult to remain in the house.
  • Will any services, such as electricity, plumbing and HVAC, be turned off during the renovation? Consider how long you would be without these services as part of your decision.
  • Does the project affect all of the bathrooms or the kitchen? You need to consider if certain vital rooms will be accessible. Even if you’re comfortable without a kitchen, how long will you want to be cleaning dishes in the bathtub?

Pets

  • Do you have cats or dogs? The key is to keep them away from the construction area and to ensure that they do not get outside. While workers can be mindful of this, they will not always be able to pay attention to your animals.
  • How will your pets react to the noise and activity caused by construction? Many animals will still be disturbed by the work even if they are separated from it physically.

Children

  • Do you have young children? If so, work cannot typically stop to accommodate nap time. It is wise to arrange an alternative for this situation, even when you plan to stay in the house.

Drywall

  • Can you plan on staying away for a portion of the project? If so, try and avoid the site until the drywall has been installed. That way, you’ll avoid the dustiest and noisiest jobs, and save approximately one-third of the rental fee.

Required Time Away

  • Some remodelling work requires zero occupancy even if you are able to stay for most of the project. Finishing hardwood floors generally means staying away for at least a day or two. Even if you’ve decided to stay during the renovation, there may be some instances where you cannot remain in the house.

Peace of Mind

  • If you stay, you can be assured that you will be intimately aware of the state of your home. Many homeowners feel security in seeing the day-to-day progression of their project. Protecting your valuables and property can also be a factor in deciding to stay.
  • On the other hand, consider the headaches you might save by living offsite. In most major renovations, staying offsite is recommended. Since your homes livable space will be dramatically reduced, you will face a loss of privacy. Remember, you can still be involved in the process, without having to live right in it!

Whatever you decide, it is your duty as the homeowner to make your intentions clear to your contractor. Make sure you listen to any concerns they have with either situation and try to work out a solution that balances both of your needs and is in the best interest of your project.

Produced by Baker Street Home Inspection Services Inc. and RenoLogic.

Baker Street Home Inspection Services Inc. has been in business since 1985, conducting over 50,000 home inspections. RenoLogic offers homeowners impartial, expert advice on their home renovations and repairs.

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