- Should I Move Out or Live-In During Major Home Renovations?
- How Much Does it Cost to Move Out Whilst My Home is Being Renovated?
- How Much Does it Cost to Stay Onsite During Renovations?
- How to Prepare for Moving Out During Home Renovations
- How to Choose a Good Removal Company
- How to Choose a Storage Company
- Home Moving Checklists
Buying a home that needs renovation is often the way to get into an area or have the home of your dreams that you would not otherwise be able to afford.
But choosing to have major extension or renovation work done on your home can be stressful and expensive.
All of my last four homes have needed major renovations, and the last two were just shells. Including one where during delays and bad weather we had no roof, electricity, or kitchen, only a camping toilet, and it was mid-winter with temperatures of minus 20 and 40cm of snow.
Living in a basement, with a small wood burner, and sleeping on a settee for months was no fun but as always, the result was worth it.
No matter what level of renovations you need to do some things are almost inevitable: You will go over budget, it will take longer than planned, and the dust will get everywhere and linger for months afterward.
And I would also add that it will be emotional on every level. You should be prepared for the highs and lows, the frustrations and joys, and the stress and worry.
Having said that, knowing that in the end you will have a home you love, that suits your needs perfectly, and will give you a sense of joy and satisfaction every time you walk through the front door is priceless and worth every minute of what you went through.
So, in this week’s home moving blog, we look at why and how you should move out when your home is being renovated and the other options that you may also consider.
You may also like to read: Which is More Important: Location or Home? 31 Things to Consider. If you are still unsure whether to move to your ideal area with a less desirable home or to have your ideal home in a less desirable area, then this guide suggests 31 things to take into consideration when making your decision.
Should I Move Out or Live-In During Major Home Renovations?
There are pros and cons for moving out or living in during a home renovation which will to some extent depend upon the scale of the renovations you are having done.
Roof-off, wall demolition, and total remodeling projects will almost certainly mean that you will need to consider moving out of the home during the upheaval of the works being carried out.
However, the biggest advantage of staying in your home whilst a renovation is carried out is that you are on-site to answer any questions, monitor the progress of the work being carried out, and deal with problems as they arise, and they surely will.
I would always advise that at a minimum you visit the site daily.
I had a barn that was full of antiques left by the previous owner, worthless to some people but I wanted them as decorations and some for upcycling. The one day that I had to be off-site the builders decided to clear the barn and every item was trashed. Not the end of the world but annoying just the same.
Obviously, if you move off-site then you will incur the costs of temporary accommodation as well as removal and storage costs.
However, the costs of moving out during renovation can be dwarfed by the additional costs you may incur whilst living in your home during major repairs.
It can prolong your renovations if every day the builders need to clean up at the end of each day so that the home is habitable for you.
This could cut up to 2 hours of renovation time from every working day.
Additionally, the builders may have to work around your schedule, the times you leave the home every day, or when you get home again.
This again could prolong the time it takes to complete the renovations.
Often utilities have to be disconnected, and the builders would have to schedule their work around you needing access to water and electricity which can again cause delays.
The workers would have to be mindful of pets or children that are on-site which could also slow progress. Not to mention that it is dangerous for children and pets to be around a construction site.
All these small delays add up and can add significant delays not only to the completion date but consequently the cost of your renovations.
You should consider whether you can live with the dust, noise, inconvenience, and lack of privacy that you will have to endure.
During the renovations, you are unlikely to have the environment to spend quality time as a family unit that you normally would.
And the stress of living on a building site without access to everyday amenities should not be underestimated.
During most types of renovation, you will be without water or electricity at some stage.
Can you live without a shower or being able to use a real toilet or not having access to a kitchen?
You absolutely must take into consideration the safety of your children, pets, and yourself.
Most people, therefore, choose to move out of the home that is being renovated whilst all the upheaval is in progress.
Your accommodation options may include:
- Staying with friends or family
- A short-term rental
- An Airbnb
- Having a mobile home or caravan on-site
- Sectioning off part of the home whilst the other half is renovated
You may also like to read: Things to Know About Moving Into a Rental Property for the First Time. If you decide to rent a property during the renovations and have never rented before then you will find this guide invaluable. From checklists to understanding different types of leases, to questions to ask your landlord this guide tells you all you need to know about renting a home.