Live In or Move Out: What to Do When Remodeling

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The term “remodel” doesn’t always pertain to one specific type of home renovation project. Rather, there are different degrees of involvement, all of which determine how well you can live in and move about your environment.

When it comes to approaching a home remodeling project, the most important question to ask yourself is whether or not you can stay in your home or if you will have to temporarily move out. To help you come to your own conclusion, let’s take a look at a few considerations you should make when choosing between the two.

Ask yourself, what type of renovations need to be made to my home?


Not all home remodels are going to greatly impact your day-to-day life. For example, if you live in a single-family home with multiple bathrooms, choosing to pursue a minor bathroom remodel won’t prevent you from showering and using the facilities. You will still be able to stay in your home and navigate your space with ease.

However, if you’re doing multiple rooms like the bedroom and the kitchen at the same time, you’re not going to be able to use your space comfortably. If the house is being remodeled in such a way that you can’t go about your daily life, you should look for a temporary living situation elsewhere. If you can tackle small remodels one by one and you have no issue staying in your home during these projects, it’s likely safe to do so.

What should you do if you find that you need to leave?


The prospect of leaving your home and finding other arrangements can be anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t have to be. The biggest thing to figure out right now is exactly where you’re going to stay. If you can, ask a friend or family member if you can temporarily stay with them until the renovations are finished and it’s safe to enter the house again. If you can’t find anyone to stay with, you can always find temporary accommodations elsewhere.

Generally, it’s best to avoid hotels as they don’t offer you all the amenities you need for a long-term stay. They also charge high rates as they’re not designed for long-term stays. Instead, look for vacation rental platforms or similar websites where you can make reservations for weeks or months at a time. The last thing you want is to be a renter of an apartment or home where you’re stuck in a yearly lease.

Regarding your belongings, you can look for cheap self storage to keep everything that would normally be stored in the renovated area. A storage unit will guarantee that they stay safe away from the work taking place on the house. There are sure to be plenty of affordable storage units near you that can help you keep your furniture and decorations safe for however long the project will last. Then, all you have to do is pack everything back up and bring it home when the time comes!

If you need some assistance with moving everything, you can get a van rental to help you tow your belongings from your home to your storage unit. In today’s tech-driven world, all you have to do is hop on an app, find the right vehicle for your move (box truck, minivan, cargo van, etc.), and rent it out for as long as you need to. No matter whether you have large items or delicate works of art to transport, a rental van can give you the temporary support you need to keep your belongings safe.

Remodeling your home is essential to make it your own or spruce it up to sell later. However, it’s not always possible to stay in your home during a remodel. The advice above will help you better determine whether or not you can stay during a remodel and what you need to do if you have to leave your home.

Desiree Neal
Desiree Neal is a writer at The Green Parent. She believes the most powerful way to leave an impact is to leverage your passion for the greater good. In addition to writing, she is a pilates instructor and oat milk enthusiast and enjoys reading novels on her front porch in her spare time.

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