According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 66% of homeowners opt to stay in their homes during a kitchen renovation, while 26% choose to move out partially and just 8% move out completely. The study revealed that homeowners who stay put are less likely to experience extreme stress than those who move out. Partial movers also tend to regret their arrangements.
In today’s post, Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, a trusted home remodeling expert, discusses the pros and cons of staying vs. moving out during a renovation. We also share some tips on how you can reduce stress during this period.
Should You Stay Put or Move Out During a Renovation?
This can be a difficult decision to make. While relocating to a temporary home enables you to get away from the distractions of a renovation, it can also double your expenses and present its own inconveniences. Not being able to monitor your contractor’s progress can sometimes be frustrating as well.
Staying in your home allows you to check on your contractor easily. If there are issues or requests, you can address them immediately and be able to save time and money. Being on site makes it easier to maintain clear and regular communication with your contractor.
Reducing Renovation Stress
Accomplishing a completely hassle-free renovation is probably unrealistic. However, setting expectations ahead of time can help you better deal with the stress that comes with the project. For example, if you know you won’t be able to use your kitchen for meal prep a few weeks, you can stockpile frozen meals ahead of time.
In addition, you and your contractor should always be upfront when it comes to things like project timelines and costs. Make sure you have money set aside for unplanned expenses too. A good rule of thumb is to set aside at least 10% of your renovation budget for contingencies. Be specific about the materials you want as these costs can add up fast. Small changes in the type, color or brand of the materials can have a big impact on your budget.