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Live in or move out
while remodeling your home

Pros and cons of living in or moving out,
during remodeling works at your home

Person trying to decide which way to go
When you start remodeling your home, it's time to decide whether you
want to live in or move out during the remodeling works.

You are going to have a major renovation, so you'll have a brand-new home to live in. You're expecting a construction crew to come in and solve the next step. But what about you? Where are you going to be during the renovation? Have you decided to live in or move out while remodeling your home? You should take these things into consideration to help you solve the remodeling dilemma.

Depending on the Kind of Remodeling

The first and most important question is, of course, based on the type of remodeling that is about to happen. First, it depends on the scale of remodeling that is about to happen. Then, what matters is the duration of the remodeling process.

Scale of Remodeling

It's hard to imagine yourself living in while your kitchen and your bathroom are both being renovated. You are not going to be able to cook and clean up the mess that is bound to be made while renovating.

  • Kitchen renovation does not have to be a reason to move out while remodeling. If you can improvise a kitchen in a spare room or garage, you might not have to move out after all.
  • Floor renovation, on the other hand, might be the reason to decide to move out while remodeling. Going from one room to another while skipping the work crew might be harder than you think. Besides that, the room you're going to is probably empty. All of the furniture will have to be moved somewhere else at some point.
  • The removal of walls in just one room is actually much messier than you might think. Asbestos and mold can become serious health issues. And there's going to be dust. A lot of dust. Other than being plain uncomfortable, dust can also trigger allergies.
  • More than half of your house being renovated is a good reason to consider moving out while remodeling.
A person gluing down laminate floor planks.

Your decision on whether you choose to stay or go will depend
on the type of remodeling work taking place at your home.

Duration of Remodeling

Whatever you might think, a small remodeling project can take about a week. And if you can't decide whether to live in or move out while remodeling, remember the golden rule - whatever the work crew might say, double the estimated time. And if you've decided to move out, is your home budget ready for that? That's why it's wise to play it safe.

Reasons to Live In or Move Out While Remodeling

If You Decide to Move Out while Remodeling

If you've decided to move out while remodeling, staying with your friends or relatives might be an option. Also, moving out might be more convenient if you have kids or pets. It would save you from a lot of hassle. But, the renovation process might last longer than estimated. Also, additional expenses are expected. So, if you're moving out, pay attention to your budget.

 It might Last Shorter

If you live in, the remodeling process might take longer. The crew would have to clean up every day, instead of working on your new home. Also, in order to provide you with electricity and running water, they would stop ahead of time every day. With unexpected circumstances that might occur, living in your home while remodeling might become even more uncomfortable.

 It would be More Comfortable

You'd avoid all the mess and the noise. That certainly is comfortable. You would also give yourself and your family a vacation you might need by staying in a hotel. That would enable you to really enjoy the remodeling process.

Mess
Home remodeling works can be messy and dusty - good reasons to move out.

 It might be Cheaper

If you move out, you might actually save money. Yes, you would have to pay rent. But, on the other hand, some renovation crews charge extra if the family stays in. To stay on a budget, you can also try to find affordable or even free moving supplies.

If You Decide to Live In while Remodeling

Imagine waking up with a loud noise and a pile of dust on your body. In that case, there would be no dilemma whether to live in or move out while remodeling. You'd be out of that house in no time. But, if you have decided to live in while renovating, we can help you. It's not going to be easy, but there are certain things you can do.

Pack Your Things

Imagine that you're moving and pack your things. First of all, get rid of the things that you don't need. By decluttering your home, you'll have fewer things to pack. Then, pack the rest in boxes and wrap the things that require wrapping. Put them in boxes and remove them from potentially dusty areas. When you unpack them, you’ll have clean, dust-free stuff, the way you left them.

Separate the Construction Area

Either with temporary walls or plastic sheets with a zipper for doors, you need to separate the construction area. The construction crew would clean themselves after getting out and that would help to contain the mess inside the construction zone. Also, it would save homeowners from getting injured.

Use Air Filters and Humidifiers

A lot of dust might be very bad for your lungs. Not only that, but you might have to deal with toxins on top of that. Air filters can help you avoid that kind of problem. Humidifiers help dust not to spread. Also, simply using water to spray down the dust and cleaning it up afterward will do the trick.

Should You Stay or Should You Go

Contemporary kitchen
Whether you move out or choose to stay in during renovations,
in the end it will be all worth the hassle.

It does look like an important decision whether to live in or stay out while remodeling. But, what is more important is that your newly renovated home looks just the way you wanted it to, if not better. If that means having to put up with something for a short time, maybe it's for the better. Breathe and relax. Once you enter your shiny new home, it will all be worth it.

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