The Home Renovation: Stay or Go?

The Home Renovation: Stay or Go?

Whether it be a small or significant renovation, homeowners ask the same question: should we stay or do we go? If this is your first venture in doing a renovation, here are some things to consider.

Questions to Ask During a Home Reno

How large is your project?

Deciding to find alternative living arrangements depends on the size and estimated length of your remodeling project. If you are embarking on a smaller project such as adding a deck, refacing kitchen cabinets or even upgrading your windows, staying put is probably a sound decision. However, if your plans are BIG, here are some things you might want to consider.

A home renovation is exciting. You are finally going to get the kitchen, addition or new family room that you have dreamed of since you purchased the home. Often, homeowners do not consider the actual construction process and how stressful it can be for their families. Noise, dust, and the disruption of daily routines can severely affect children, especially young ones facing confusing surroundings. Depending on the size of your project, you may want to consider alternative living arrangements.

How much disruption can you stand?

Now let’s get down to the realities. Beyond the disturbance in your daily life, you will have to contend with numerous other issues.

Lack of privacy

Privacy goes out the window. Your daily routines such as meals, laundry or even a moment to relax will disappear as workers invade your home from early hours to sometimes late into the evening.


Depending on the scope of your renovation, the necessary comforts of your home such as water and electricity may be unavailable for lengthy periods of time. Imagine cooking on a barbecue, or packing up the kids to the local YMCA for a morning shower.

Dirt and Dust

Sawdust, trash, construction tools and footprints will be a continuous daily experience making it impossible to clean or perhaps, even breathe.

Where will you stay?

If you do decide to stay, consider ways to give you and your family some time away from the construction zone. A popular solution is to schedule your vacation to coincide with the renovation or visit friends. Even booking a hotel room for a few nights can offer a break from the turmoil.

If you learn that your home won’t be habitable for an extended period (3 to 5 months for example), consider temporary arrangements such as a furnished sublet or short-term rental. Having a comfortable place to live and work during your renovation will eliminate the stress and disruption for you and your family.

Bottom Line

In many cases, a temporary rental home or apartment may be vacant or only partially furnished, but it’s hard to justify the effort of moving your furniture during a renovation process. Rental furniture may be just the ticket and that’s where Brook can help. We specialize in helping people in transition. Quality furniture, housewares, and electronics all designed to turn the temporary into the extraordinary.

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