Should You Try to ‘Live In’ Your Renovation?

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Should You Try to ‘Live In’ Your Renovation?

If you’re unsure about living in your home while it’s being renovated, read on work out the best choice for you and your family.

Living In

The driver for most people is to try and save money in rental cost of an alternative property while your home renovation takes place.

For example if you’re renovating a bathroom only and you have another ensuite or bathroom to use, you might be able to get away with it.

This approach can work if you’re able to segregate the work area form the living area with separate access points for your family and workers. Even so, this might challenge your sanity due to living in clutter, the persistent presence of dust, plus loss of sleep and privacy (yes, trades do start early in the mornings).

The Economics – Take a Closer Look

Each client has their own tolerance for these types of disruptions, but it might also be a good idea to consider the actual economics of continuing to live in the property while your home renovation’s taking place.

Keep in mind that when a property is vacant, while being renovated, the trades on site don’t have to pack up and pack down as many items each morning/evening. Additionally, whilst the site should be kept clean, a home that’s occupied will require more intensive daily cleaning due to dust and construction mess.

If you have three trades on site, that adds 15 minutes per trade each morning and 30 minutes per trade each night. That is, an extra 2.25 hrs per day of labour. This equates, roughly, to $2,970 a month in additional labour costs.

Additionally, should you stay in the home, the work will probably take a little longer.

Given you might rent a property for that much per month, moving out begins to look more attractive.

Larger Renovations

For larger renovations including extensions, kitchen renovations, flooring or re-stumping, moving out is a must.

Personal safety and sanity have to come first so find alternative accommodation that won’t break the bank.

A Rough Guide For Staying or Going

Consider staying if you:

  • Have a duplicate of the room being renovated (eg you have two bathrooms)
  • Can segregate the work space from your living space
  • Really ‘like’ your builder/project manager (after all you’ll get to know them very well)
  • Have separate access for the builders
  • Love adventure, change and dust (lots of it)

Move out if you are:

  • Extending
  • Renovating your kitchen
  • Replacing flooring
  • Re-stumping
  • With kids

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Richard ArmstrongRichard Armstrong is a Director of Melbourne firm The Makeover Group.

He possesses over a decade of design and  renovation experience plus post graduate property qualifications. Educated in interior design, he is also a registered building practitioner.