Should You Stay or Should You Go? The Clash of Living Through a Home Renovation


June 28 2016

Britt Garage Frame One of the conversations we have frequently with our customers is whether or not they should live in their homes during construction. There are many factors that go into making this decision, and a lot of it is dependent on the kind of project you’re taking on and what you’re personally able to put up with. However, if you’ve never been on a construction site before, there may be some things you haven’t thought of. Here are three questions to keep in mind when it comes to making your decision.

How Big is the Project?
If you are simply putting an addition on to your existing home or renovating one room, there may not be a need to find a temporary living place. But if the roof is coming off, all your bathrooms are being renovated, drywall is being torn out or more than half your home is being worked on, it might be a good idea to rent a place, borrow an RV or stay with some kind-hearted friends – at least while the really loud, messy stuff is being done. Even if you think you can handle the noise and dust, your kids and pets may not be as tolerant, and it may put undue stress on your contractor to have to maneuver around you.

What Are You Personally Able to Deal With?
Maybe you read the last sentence and thought “a little noise and some dust? I can handle that!” But what about living with no kitchen for several months? Or only one bathroom between your whole family? All of these things can be managed, but different people have different breaking points. Talk to your friends who have experienced home renovation projects. Did they stay at home for the project? What were the unexpected difficulties? Would they do it again? If you aren’t able to leave all the construction havoc behind at the end of the day, you might find yourself burdened with unnecessary stress that could be easily have been avoided.

What is Your Contractor Telling You?DSC_0012
All good contractors will be considerate of your desires and budget. They know that finding another place to stay may come with its own difficulties and is an extra expense. Still, even if they aren’t telling you you must be out of the house during the project, are they recommending it? You may save yourself money by getting out of the way and letting the contractors do their job. It can cost them extra to have to accommodate you, which will be reflected in your invoices. And certain jobs require the home owners to be absent. Your contractor is the one making your home renovation dreams come true – cooperating with him or her and developing trust is in your best interest!

So if you’ve got a big construction project coming up, give this matter some thought and talk it over with your family. One clever suggestion is to include the cost of a rental or RV in your initial renovation budget – that way you won’t be viewing it as an extra expense when it comes time to cough up. Remember your contractor will always be there to help and stay in regular communication to figure out a solution that works for everyone!