During a kitchen remodel, you have the option to either move completely until the job is done, move partially or stay. Each option comes with pros and cons. To help determine whether to move or not, consider the size of the project being done. The following factors should also guide you in making your decision:
When remodeling your kitchen, you need to consult with the contractor whether they will increase their charges if you stay during the process. If yes, compare the total charges to the cost of renting a temporary place, or consider staying with a friend or relative. This could also be a great time to take a family vacation, if your budget allows.
Type of Renovation Being Done
The type of work being done on your kitchen can indicate whether you will be more comfortable staying or leaving. When flooring is being redone or during renovations that require a temporary water and electricity shutoff, it’s best to consider alternative housing.
Whether You Have Children
Any parent knows that if you have children, their needs come first. There will need to be enough space for them to play without getting in the way of the remodelers. If your children are young, they’ll also need to be able to nap without being woken up by loud construction noises. In addition, workers often leave behind tools and equipment that is dangerous for children. If you are going to stay during the renovation period, you should be comfortable with your children being close to the action.
Decide What You Are Willing to Do Without
Before the renovation process starts, you need to determine what you are and are not willing to do without. If you plan on partially moving, you’ll need to have a portable, makeshift kitchen area. You’ll be without the convenience of a large refrigerator, stove, oven, and other amenities. Decide whether or not that’s something you are willing to live with and work around for the duration of the remodel.
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