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These days, studies have shown that homeowners are choosing to stay put rather than move houses. The average household now only moves around two times on average, and would rather choose to stay in the same house and conduct renovations or construct home additions to their existing house. This might be due to the stagnant buying/selling house market or the fact that prices have been rising. The process of renovations can be straining and stressful on a household, so we have put together a guide on how you should move out when your home is being renovated.

The decision on whether to stay put or move out during a major home renovation is a decision all homeowners need to make when starting any major home improvement. There are pros and cons for each option, and it all depends on the extent of the renovation project itself.

Total remodelling projects, where the roof is off or walls are being demolished, will most likely remove you from the picture because of the scale of work being done.

However, in most other cases, it is beneficial for you to live-in during your renovations because you will be on site to supervise anything being done in your home while it’s happening. This means that you are available to answer any questions that might come up with your contractor, and you can monitor the progress. Dealing with problems as they arise is a big advantage.

The costs of staying versus going should also be taken into account. If you are going to move out, you need to think about the costs associated with temporary accommodation, and removal and storage costs for your belongings. However, these costs might be minuscule compared to any additional costs that you will incur if you are living in your home during renovation. Consider the fact that builders will need to clean up at the end of every day, which will eat away at their time, cause the project to go on for longer, thus pushing up the price of your renovation.

Another issue to think about is whether you can live with the dust, the noise, inconvenience and lack of privacy that ultimately comes with living-in during a large scale renovation. During the renovations, you will most likely not be able to have the same environment that you are used to with your family. And the stress of living on a site without access to daily amenities should not be underestimated.

During most types of renovation, you will be without electricity and water at some point. Are you able to live without a shower, a real kitchen or even a toilet?

The safety of you, your children and your pets also need to be taken into consideration. This is why most people choose to move out of their home during renovations. But if you think you can stick it out, then go for it.

If moving, you should consider hiring the help of moving professionals like those at Purely Canadian Movers. They can help you and your family relocate to your temporary accommodation with ease, as well as bring your things to a storage site.