Living at home during a remodel: 4 Pros and Cons.

Are you considering living through a major home remodel? The thought of living at your home during a major remodel may not seem ideal but can have some benefits. Here are some of the pros and cons of living on-site during a major remodel at your residence.

4 Pros of living at home during a major remodel:

No additional housing costs

Renting a house, hotel or apartment can cost you a couple thousands of dollars during your major remodel. This mostly applies if your remodel is projected to take a couple months to complete. You’ll also have to factor in the cost of eating out, since you won’t have access to your kitchen.

Last minute decisions can be made as they happen.

Living on-site means you will see every detail come together and you may even gain some insight on how things are done. Also, you have the opportunity to make game-time decisions as they are needed and avoid time delays.

Closer connection with your contractor.

Being on-site may help create a good working relationship with your contractor.  Communication is easier since you both are usually on-site. Building a connection with your contractor is an easy way to help streamline your project.

You may develop SO much patience.

Living on-site with your entire family, in limited space, may teach you how to be patient. For some people, this may seem like a con, but developing patience is actually a pro and can come in handy for any problems that may come up in the future.

4 Cons of living at home during a major remodel:

You’re living in a construction zone.

Dust and debris are inevitable. If dust is something you cannot handle, then this might be one of your biggest cons. Dust and debris are a big part of renovation that happen all the way through the install of finishes.

Your home will be a noisy environment during the day.

Every work day at your home will be noisy, from taps and knocks to loud machinery.  You will have to get used to the constant sound of hammers, power tools and technicians so you’ll have to do your best to block out the noise.

Access to your home will be limited.

If your kitchen or bathroom are part of the renovation, you will have to plan ahead to create a temporary solution. Most people use a camping stove top and connect their fridge outside to be able to cook instead of buying food every day or having to ask a friend or family member to lend them their kitchen. The bathroom situation is a bit tricky because the options aren’t as easy; most people rent a portable potty for restroom breaks and usually get a gym membership to be able to shower.

If you’re renovating a bathroom, you’ll have to plan where your showers will be and must have a temporary toilet on-site.

Disruption of your daily routine.

Your daily routine will be interrupted during your renovation, no matter how much you try to keep your routine the same. There will always be technicians at your home almost every day even on weekends sometimes.