Should You Move Out When Remodeling?

Moving is a complex and stressful process, there is no doubt about it. You have to think about so many things that it is really hard not to lose your temper once or twice. You have to hire movers for instance and that decision is bound to be a big one. Also, you have to pack all of your belongings safely which takes a lot of time and effort. When it comes to remodeling your house, it can be no less complex than planning a move. “Remodeling” a house can vary from doing a make-over of one room to changing everything in the house that can be changed and moved. Your house is bound to be messed up for quite a while in any case. So, the question here is should you move out when remodeling?

A person brushing a wooden object, in order to recover after storm damage
Renovating is always fun, but complex

Just imaging the following scenario. You decided to remodel your house. It is a house with floors, fit for a whole family. You are remodeling it as a whole and that will take several months. For starters, you may be forced to sleep with your entire family in one single room. The constant drilling and hammering from early morning to late hours of the afternoon. How tiresome, annoying and complicated can that be? On the other hand, moving is not just complicated, but also very expensive. How much is your relocation going to cost you is not a small burden for your budget. You have to think about this way before you set your plans in motion. You don’t want to get into financial troubles halfway through the remodeling. So, deciding should you move out when remodeling is definitely not an easy decision.

There are only two ways to go about this: 

You can choose to stay home

Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. Let us first talk about the advantages of choosing to stay at home:

  • You will save money that you would otherwise use on rent – At least in most cases, this option will save you a lot of money. If you have chosen to go and stay in a hotel or if you have rented an apartment, your costs would surely rise. This way you can save money and other there are more other benefits for staying home. Also, if the project is not an all-encompassing one, i.e. if for instance, you are making yourself a home office, you may not need to leave the house at all.
  • You can oversee the progress firsthand – If you stay home you can see what the workers are doing. This is a very useful thing undoubtedly. First of all, if there are any misunderstandings with your vision and what the contractors are doing, you can react. This differs a lot from being unable to check up the place if you are renting a place across the city for instance. Furthermore, being there every day helps you see how things are going, which can provide you with some peace of mind. Either of these should not be disregarded in any way.
  • You will also save money on food – This one depends actually. If the remodeling project is such that it involves the kitchen also, you will probably be unable to use it. However, if the project does not involve the kitchen, then you can actually use it. This would mean that you won’t be using the money on restaurants etc.
Should you move out when remodeling?
Staying at home, if possible, is always the more convenient option

Or, you can choose to move out when remodeling 

While staying home does have its perks, should you move out when remodeling it, you will have other advantages.

  • First and foremost, you will avoid the mess – And it will surely get messy. If your home remodeling is on such a scale that you have to think about moving, then there will surely be a lot of dust and noise, which is always a good thing to avoid. This is especially the case if you have kids, or if any of the family members have health problems. Those who have asthma or similar conditions should definitely stay away from home.
  • You can continue with your life uninterrupted – If you rent an apartment, for instance, your life, though a bit unordinary, will be able to continue normally. If you have kids who go to school, it will also be easier for them to study in an unchaotic environment. In case that you work from home, this is pretty much a no-brainer, because this way you have your peace.
  • This can actually speed up the process – Yes, you won’t be home to check on the progress whenever you want to, but this can be a good thing too. When someone is working on our home, sometimes we can become too attached. That can be a negative thing because we can get in the way of the contractors, especially if we have no knowledge of the profession. You can always come and see how the new exterior doors look like, without being in their way.
  • It can be a potentially cheaper option than staying home – Don’t believe us? Well, that is true, and the reason is simple. Some contractors require extra payment if the families stay home. Also, the sooner they finish with the project of remodeling your home, the less money will you have to pay them.

You can make this into an adventure!

A street with a lot of people in NYC.
Moving away while remodeling can be an adventure

That’s right. You can look at this as an opportunity to go on a semi-vacation. Think about it. You and your family living in a new environment would certainly be challenging (hopefully, in a fun way). It would be like you were living someone else’s life for a while. These kinds of experiences are a sure way to rediscover and empower the (perhaps) lost family dynamics. This is a very good reason to move out when remodeling, one wouldn’t think of it at first.

An important note 

Whatever you decide, you will still probably have to place your belongings in a safe storage unit. Depending on the scale of the project, you may or may not need to use a storage unit. However, we highly recommend this, as you should at least put your dearest and/or most expensive belongings in a safe place such as a storage unit.

Whatever you decide, both sides have their advantages and disadvantages, so make sure that you did think this true. Good luck!