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Building Tip #39: Should you stay at home during renovations

Building Tip #39: Should you stay at home during renovations
You have decided to to renovate your home. The budget is fully secured with a little wiggle room for emergencies, the plans are laid out and seem fool proof, and you have found the right builder who understands exactly what you want, now for the big question, where should you stay? Asking different people will get you wildly different opinions, some prefer to stay on site while others prefer to stay somewhere else while the chaos ensues. Here is a list of pros and cons to staying at home during a renovation to help you choose which option is right for you.

Pros:
  • Staying in your home during a home renovation will be cheaper than staying somewhere else. So if you can endure the dust and look past the mess as your home undergoes its transformation, you can save yourself quite a bit of money. 
  • You'll be able to keep an eye on things. This doesn't mean that the project won't be done properly if you decide to stay somewhere else, but it may give you some peace of mind to see things moving along. 
  • The comfort of home. For some people, staying away from home can be a little unnerving, especially for little kids. They may be more comfortable at home where they feel safe despite all the madness. 

Cons: 
  • Construction and renovations are messy, no matter how hard you try to keep them clean, there is no way to stop the dust and debris getting out of hand while your home is being remodelled. 
  • Safety is a big concern for homeowners who have small children and pets. Nails fall to the floor and get forgotten for a few minutes, power tools are easily accessible to curious boys, and the dust will do no favours for your lungs. 
  • Distractions. Many professional builders will do their best to keep their focus on their job, but an overly involved client or very interested child can slow down the work process and cause the project to take longer. 

    At the end of the day, the decision to stay at home or stay somewhere else while the project is being done should be based on what is best for you and your family.

Talk to your builder and listen to his advice, it could make or break your building experience.
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