How will a major renovation affect you and your family.
What does it take to pull off a major home renovation without moving out of your house – should you stay or go?
Making a commitment to undergo a major home renovation is a decision you need not take lightly. One of the first decisions you need to weigh up is whether to stay at home during the kayos, or whether to make alternative accommodation arrangements.
Either way, you should prepare yourself for one of the most inconvenient and stressful times of your life. Before you press the button to open the flood gates of several months of constant expense, noise, project management, dust, mess and tradesmen, have a good look at you and your families ability to come through the renovation in good shape.
The main purposes for many families to remain at home during the renovation is to save cost on re-location expenses, or to avoid burdening friends and family with the sudden influx of new lodgers. And if moving in with the in-laws is your only relocation option, then remaining at home starts to sound pretty tempting.
Some families have been known to split up during renovations, whereby the husband will stay home and bear the brunt of the renovation while the wife will stay at her sisters house and the kids at Nan and Pops, or various other accommodation combinations. This option lightens the stress levels for Mum and Dad and actually gives Mum and the kids something to look forward to when they visit the house to check on the progress of the renovation – rather than feeling like they are in prison if they opted not to move out during the process.
With Dad remaining close to hand and bunkering down during renovations, he gets to keep a close eye on the progress. We’ve all heard of nightmare renovation stories where tradesman have installed the wrong item or colour, with the inevitable ensuing argument between the company and customer to follow.
“But my invoice clearly says beige carpet not pink and blue candy stripe carpet”. Tip: always insist on sighting any materials that are delivered prior to installation. This goes for your tiles, carpet and kitchen etc. It’s a lot easier to say “no” to your tradesman before something has been installed.
Generally speaking, the two main issues to consider during any major renovation is your families well being, and the quality of renovation that is delivered. so make a realistic plan as to how you will manage this assignment right from the start.