No matter the size of your Calgary home renovation, you will be faced with the same question: should you stay in your home during the construction, or find somewhere else to live until the transformation is complete? The answer to this depends on a number of factors, which we will discuss in detail below.
What can you afford?
Can you afford to rent a place for the duration of your renovation, or stay with a family member or friend without intruding? Staying in the home can affect clean-up time and place time constraints on mechanical work so that you aren’t without water or electricity for too long. You should discuss these things with your contractor and then work out which option makes the most sense for you.
How big is the project?
The size and scope of your renovation can immediately answer these questions. For example, if you are renovating the entire main level of your home to include the kitchen, eating, food storage and preparation will otherwise be futile. If on the other hand you have a developed basement with a bar area, fridge and counter top perhaps using a cooktop would suffice to get you through the duration of renovation without moving out. Consider what will be available to you if you stay, and what won’t. You can survive without a kitchen for a time, but you can’t survive without a bathroom. If the project is an ensuite renovation and you have another bathroom to use temporarily, then remaining in your home during the renovation would work for you and the Contractor.
Do you have young children or pets?
The noise and dangers involved with construction may prove to be too much for pets or children. Keeping them away from the renovation areas will prove to be a lot work too, and you could be putting them at risk by keeping them in that environment. If you insist on remaining at home during construction, it may be best to have a place to go during the day for your baby’s nap time or to allow your pet to run around freely and safely.
Can you handle seeing your home torn apart?
If you decide to stay, you need to be able to handle the trade partners coming and going each day, the noise, and most importantly, the construction dust as no matter how much the construction areas are cleaned at the end of every day, the dust will travel through the cold air returns and throughout the house. This is especially true in the winter months when the furnace is in operation. The in-between stages can be stressful for some homeowners and so it is important to consider your level of tolerance when making this decision.
At Tri-Link Builders, we put the considerations of the homeowner above everything else. Talk to us and we’d be happy to discuss arrangements that will be the least disruptive for you and your family during the construction process.