How to Live Through Your Renovation

Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas // August 1, 2022 // Renovation

You found the perfect location and the perfect amount of space, but the house itself could be better. If you have a home renovation on the horizon, you might be wondering where you’ll live while your house is made more livable. You can save a ton of money if you bravely live in your home during your renovation. It is not always a popular option, but with housing costs ever climbing, paying for a house payment, a renovation, and rent on top of everything else might be stretching it a bit.

Here are a few great tips on how to live through your renovation while living in your renovation.

Create a Realistic Plan

When you first start your home remodeling checklist, you must create a realistic plan. It would be best to build this plan with your family’s upcoming calendar in mind. Are significant life changes coming up, such as a new baby, a wedding, graduations, trips, or family members moving in? These types of events should definitely be considered when creating a renovation timeline.

Create Work, Live, and Play Areas

If you embark on a whole house remodel, you should first create designated work, live, and play areas. This will help you keep your sanity. Check-in with the contractor and interior designer to understand which areas of the house will be under renovation and when. Then, you can establish living areas in other parts of the house during those times. For instance, if the living room is under construction, you want to develop another part of the house for downtime. If the kitchen is under renovation, you must set up a camp kitchen or makeshift kitchen in an outdoor area or another room. You can get creative and communicate well with the workers to know when to shift your areas around.

Move Essentials Out of Work Areas

Before the renovation starts on an area of the home, evaluate food, supplies, and other items you will need. Move these items out quickly. Trying to get to these items while the renovation takes place is frustrating and will slow progress.

Keep Kids, Pets, and Elderly Safe

A renovation can be a dangerous setting for kids, pets, or elderly loved ones. It is crucial that you set up clear boundaries and clear rules so that no one is injured during the renovation.

Consider Bathroom Strategies

It is important that bathrooms are renovated only one at a time so that your family has at least one working bathroom. If the home only has one bathroom, consider renting a hotel room for a few days while the renovation occurs. Be sure your contractor knows that the bathroom should be done quickly so the family can return home as soon as possible.