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Living Accommodations During Home Renovations

When you decide to have your home renovated, the quiet and peaceful space you once called home becomes a construction site. The constant disruptions of hammering, banging, breaking, and moving can be unnerving. This is especially true if you have younger children and pets you need to keep out of harm’s way.


For this reason, some homeowners decide it is best to move out of the home to allow the professionals to do their job without being in the way. If you’re presently trying to figure out what to do while your home is under construction, these ideas will come in handy.

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Stay with Friends and Family

One of your first options would be to ask friends or family members to allow you to move in with them for a while.

Those who have additional rooms may be willing to open their home to you at no additional cost while your home is being renovated. 

 You can make your family aware if you’re going to take this route, be sure that you have a clear understanding of how long you’ll need to stay.

Also, be sure that you learn their house rules and be model guests while you’re there, as failing to do so could create friction in an otherwise positive relationship.

A Local Hotel

If you don’t want to burden friends and family, another option would be to stay at a nearby hotel.

For instance, if you’re getting a full-service San Mateo kitchen remodel by professional contractors that will require demolition, installations, and extensive construction, you may want to find a hotel in the nearby Bay area.

Staycations can be a lot of fun and are also very affordable.

An inexpensive hotel near your home that has amenities like a swimming pool, arcade, and gym, could be just the break you needed.

You don’t have to go anywhere but can feel like you’re vacationing someplace far away.

Go on Vacation

Why not plan your home renovation project around the same time as your annual family vacation?

Sitting in the home as you watch the project worsen (before it gets better) can cause an undue amount of stress.

Unforeseen circumstances and bumps in the road can make you feel like the project will never get done – or that you’ll go broke trying to finish it.

However, if you’re away from the scene, you can essentially manage the stress.

You can have fun with your family members and friends and directly reply to phone calls and emails from the contractor.

The out of sight out of mind concept essentially helps put worries at ease.

Then you can come home from vacation to a new living space.

Consider Rentals

If you’re having a great deal of work done in your home, then you’ll likely be asked to stay off the premises for several weeks and even months.

If this is the case, staying in hotels or even with friends and family can become too expensive or too stressful.

Fortunately, there are rental options you could consider.

Consider nearby properties for lease and ask the landlord or property management agency about a month to month lease, according to Home Guides.

This way, you could stay in a fully equipped home until yours is ready to return to.

If there aren’t any month to month leases, you might also look into houses for sale that have been on the market for a while.

Sometimes, the owners may be willing to lease the property to you for a few weeks or months just to earn cash until they’re able to find a buyer.

Staying in the home during major renovations is not only disturbing, but it’s also a safety hazard for you and your family. says the best way to be safe during renovations like this is to remove yourself from the premises until the project has been completed.

Friends and family, local hotels, vacations, and even month to month rental properties are all feasible and economically wise decisions that will allow you and your family to stay safe and maintain some sense of normalcy until your home is ready to be occupied again.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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