One of the most common questions we get asked is: “Do I need to move out of my house during the renovation project?” Our answer is always: “It depends.” Here are some things for you to consider for living with a renovation project:
The Nuisance Factor
Regardless of the size of your project, there will be workers walking through your home most days until the project is complete. You may experience dust and noise in other parts of your house. And there will be times that we have to turn off electric, heat, or water to the whole house for a brief time period.
How does the project affect my family?
Some remodeling projects have a greater impact on your family’s everyday life than others. For instance, any bathroom remodel can be an inconvenience, as it places a working bathroom out of commission for a few weeks. If you have multiple bathrooms, this means your family has to work out how to share. If you only have one bathroom, it becomes even more difficult to stay in the home during the project.
A kitchen remodel will also have a great impact on your family. Most families will set up a temporary kitchen in a living space, featuring a relocated fridge, microwave, and a coffee station. You may find you are eating out more, or ordering take out for dinner during a kitchen renovation.
Larger Project = Larger Impact
Larger renovation projects, like a complete home renovation or addition, can have a larger impact on your home and your family. Removing and installing drywall, replacing a heating system, or reinforcing your foundation affect the entire house. In these situations, it is best for you and your family to be outside the house during this time.
This is beneficial for two reasons. First, you and your family don’t have to worry about dust, fumes, and being without electricity, heat, or water for long periods of time. Second, it allows the remodel crew to work faster and more efficiently.
Talk to Kreider and Diller About Your Remodeling Project
We understand the entire remodel process can be a great inconvenience, especially if you need to temporarily relocate. But once the project is finished and you have your new living space, you will forget the disruptions and enjoy your home.