Should I Stay In My Home During My Home Remodel?

You’ve brainstormed home remodel ideas for months, worked on plans with your certified interior designer, and found the perfect design build contractor. There’s only one thing left to do: move out. But on the other hand, should you stay?

No matter what the size or location of the remodel, one question that surfaces with every project is “Can a remodel be lived in while construction is underway?” There’s no easy answer to this question as every home, project, homeowner, and remodeling contractor is different. However, there are a few important points to consider when deciding whether or not to stay in a home during a remodel. Here we look at some of the factors to keep in mind when contemplating staying during your remodel, and how to decide on the best option for your home and needs.

Remodel Type

While a remodel in just one area of your home or in one room may be easily avoided, a whole house remodel or roof removal to add a second story will be much harder to live through. Rather than just avoiding the remodel, you also need space in your home to live, cook, eat and relax, so it’s important to take into consideration the type and scope of your remodel before making the decision about whether to stay in your home.

Cooking and Cleaning

Bathroom and kitchen renovations are among the most popular choices for homeowners to add comfort and value to their home. An alternative arrangement for cooking and cleaning while these rooms are being worked on is essential if you plan to stay at home during the remodel. While a temporary kitchen can be set up to get you through the remodel period, finding a temporary replacement for your home bathroom can be trickier. If no alternative bathroom will be available during your remodel, you may need to move out while the bathroom is being worked on.

Health and Safety

Construction sites can include many dangers and hazards, and your home remodel is no exception. Certain phases of the remodel can involve a great deal of dust, noise and dangerous equipment, so it’s important to take this into account when deciding whether to stay in your remodel. An experienced design build contractor will provide extra services to make living in your remodel much more comfortable and safe. This can include air filtering to remove dust while work is being done, and carefully planned timing of work to prevent noise disturbance while you are in the home.

Kids and Pets

Construction remodeling can be particularly dangerous for children and pets. They need constant supervision while at home during a remodel, and no matter the efforts made to keep them comfortable, they may still find the work and noise disturbing. It may be best for pets to have a vacation during a home remodel to ensure they are kept safe and comfortable, and it may be preferable to stay in a rental home if you have a young family.

Effectiveness and Communication

Sometimes homeowners prefer to stay at home during a remodel because it keeps them up to date with remodel progress and allows for easy communication with the home renovation company. However, this can be a double-edged sword. While good communication facilitates an effective remodel, long daily chats can hold back the progress of your project. Many custom design build contractors offer an online remodel progress checker and communication channel to allow you a bird’s eye view of your remodel’s progress and constant communication with the contractor, all while minimizing impacts on your remodel’s progress.

Choosing whether to stay at home or move out during your remodel is ultimately up to you and your contractor. Finding the most convenient, safe, and effective option helps to ensure the comfort of your whole family while securing an outstanding remodel result.

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