Ask anyone who’s been there, a home renovation takes time. Transforming your house into your dream home is an exciting but lengthy process that will require you to make adjustments in your everyday routine. If paying the extra dollar for a temporary living space isn’t an option, finding ways to comfortably acclimate to the renovation environment at your home can make all the difference.
To stay or not to stay? It’s a common question that homeowners ask before beginning construction work on their home. Staying at home often seems like the cheaper option. One benefit of staying put is having daily communication with the construction crew and general oversight of the project. On the flip side, staying elsewhere allows you to avoid a dusty, dirty, and noisy environment.
There are many factors to consider before making this decision. One major consideration is the scope of the project – will you be having your bathroom, kitchen, or entire home remodeled? This can help determine what solutions can be taken to avoid unnecessary stress. We are going to break it down for you so that hopefully we can make this decision a little simpler.
Here are 4 Tips for Living in Your Home During Renovation:
If you are having your kitchen renovated, it’s worth considering the way this will impact your ability to cook and prepare meals. To avoid the extra cost of food delivery and restaurants, a little meal prep can go a long way – this is a great time to break out that slow cooker! In the event you are getting your bathroom fixed up, you’ll want to consider bathroom and shower access. The best-case scenario would be to coordinate the work so you have access to at least one other bathroom in the house. If this isn’t possible, ask your contractor to provide a portable restroom for the time of the remodel.
Don’t forget the safety of your littlest and furriest family members. Keeping children and pets away from hazardous situations in the construction areas is a must. Plan ahead and consider the crew’s schedule when making living arrangements, since you won’t be able to ask them to stop just because the baby needs quiet or the dog is barking uncontrollably from the noise.
Have a clear plan for when construction crews will be working in your home, and how they’ll access the areas that are being worked on. Communication is key to making this process easier for everyone involved. After all, who wants to be disrupted by unanticipated guests?
There’s no doubt about it, renovation is messy! Consult with your contractor about what type of mess you’ll be dealing with, and get a plan in place for how you’ll stay on top of it. Keep in mind that even in the cleanest environments, dust, debris and fumes can still enter your living space. To control the spread of the debris, be consistent about controlling the airflow in the home by keeping your ventilation system turned off. Also, be sure the remodeler puts plastic surface shields on the ground in areas of your home that are not being renovated so that your floors stay clean. Extra air filters are never a bad idea!
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