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Stay Or Leave During Remodeling?

The question of staying on or moving out during a home renovation can be a difficult one. Making the right decision will depend on the extent of the remodel and the amount of discomfort, inconvenience and expense that the family is willing to put up with. Here are some of the factors that need to be considered when making a “stay or go” decision.
  • Cost: Money is a key factor in a stay or go decision. While it is obvious that staying in rented accommodation or a hotel is going to be expensive, there are costs associated with staying too. Staying on in a remodelling site can slow down the pace of the work as the contractor will need to work around the family’s needs, however much they are reduced. And some contractors even charge extra if the family will be staying on because they will have to deploy additional resources for clean-up and to keep basic amenities operational.
  • The Scope of the Project: If the roof is coming off the home or there will be no usable bathrooms, it is not going to be possible to stay in the home. A family can get by for a few days without a kitchen and dining room; bedrooms and living rooms are all things that they can do without. But with no place to bathe or clean dishes, how can they live there?
  • Pets: Your dog or cat could be in danger during the renovation or pose a danger to the workmen by distracting them. Depending on the nature of the pet, it may be possible to keep it locked up in a single room with outings a few times a day, during the duration of the remodel. But it will be tough on the animal. If the family moves to a pet friendly location, the pet will be a much happier family member.
  • Children: Small children are usually fascinated by the work being done in the house. But that can also put them in danger. And asking workmen o look after kids’ safety or answer the million questions that they always have will only slow down the work and cost the homeowner more money. Also, it is not possible for the work and noise to stop to accommodate nap times.
  • Food: The family has to keep on eating. Eating out and take outs are options but are they viable for a long duration? However, it is often possible to set up a temporary kitchen in a small part of the house with a microwave, fridge and toaster. This is workable for a few months but more than that and it becomes a strain on everyone.
  • Washing Clothes: A washing machine can be temporarily installed in a part of the home not affected by the remodel. But keep in mind that the amount of washing will increase a lot. Even with the best of protection, dust and dirt will be in the air and on the clothes. And grime really sticks to clothes that are drying.
  • When There Is No Choice: Some aspects of a remodel require that the home be emptied for safety reasons. For example, finishing hardwood floors often requires the house to be empty for a few days until the fumes dissipate. Here there is no choice but to go.
How much each of the above factors influences a decision to stay or go will depend on family circumstances. And if the family stays, the advantage is that the homeowner can keep an eye on every aspect of the remodel. But by going, the family will be able to continue with its normal life with the minimum of hardship.

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