You've decided to keep the house and renovate. Great! You've got your new plans and selected a contractor. Now what? Lots of factors go into deciding whether or not to stay in your home during renovations. Consider these things when deciding what's best for you and your family. A well thought out plan prior to starting your project will reduce stress and make the entire process much more tolerable.
- How long will the project take? A few weeks or a few months?
- Will there be health issues to consider? (Allergies to dust, safety, etc.)
- Does the work schedule impact my life schedule?
- What are the costs to stay vs. go?
- What about my furniture and clothing?
Some families move in with other families members (tread lightly here), others rent a nearby furnished apartment. Some go so far as renting or buying a camper/travel trailer to be on site during the work. In the end, it's whatever suits your lifestyle.
Successful renovations include not only planning the project and planning for your life during that time. Maintain your sense of humor, keep things in perspective. Peace of mind goes a long way to ensuring the final product will be well worth the temporary inconvenience and expense.