4 Things to Consider When Planning a Home Renovation

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4 Things to Consider When Planning a Home Renovation

Giving your home a makeover is a great way to renew the space and create more functional living space to accommodate your family's changing needs. Whether is a one floor improvement, a full home custom renovation, or an addition about the garage there are some things you will need to consider before construction begins.

When you are contemplating doing a home renovation, one of the important topics of conversation will be around whether or not to move out during construction. There are pros and cons to each option so this article will provide 4 points to consider, and bonus things to keep in mind before you book your home renovation.


Should We Move Out During Renovations? 4 Considerations


When deciding if your Calgary Home Renovation warrants moving out during construction, or not, there are more than a few factors to take into account. Here are some of the items you will need to go over with your family, and contractor, before making your final decision:

Factor Moving Costs in Your Renovation Budget. This is a renovation related expense that often gets missed during the planning phase. A large home renovation will often entail a temporary relocation, or at the very least a storage rental for our belongings. Other costs that will need to be added into the budget are eating out/ordering in that will happen if your kitchen is out of commission for some time.

Be Sure to Consider the Extra Time it Will Take if You Choose to Stay. Regardless of how efficient you plan to be, living in a home that is being renovated takes a lot of extra time to work around the chaos during your day to day activities, and will inevitably slow down the renovation timeline as well which will mean costing you more in the long run. When the home is empty, the construction team can work more quickly, longer days and will not have to spend an excess of time cleaning up at the end of every day which will save a lot of time at the end of the project.

Think About the Noise and Construction Dust During the Project. Renovating a home is a very worthwhile project, but during the process it is loud, messy, chaotic and super stressful to live in. It's easy to see home before and after photos and shows on TV without stopping to consider the major mess that happens in between. From sun up to sun down, trades people will come and go and surely your life will be affected by all the action. Let your contractor take care of the day to day happenings and get yourself a temporary place to call home in the meantime.

Contemplate if the Disturbances Are Worth the Cost Savings. Many people get stuck on the idea that staying in the home will cost less (which isn't really true, see point #2) but when your home is without electricity and water for days on end you may just find that the disruption to your routine is more of a headache than it's worth to stay in the home during a renovation.


Staying in the Home During a Renovation: What You Need to Know


  1. Make Yourself a Construction Safe Space. If you decide to remain in the home during the project it is important to have a floor/area that is 100% construction free.
  2. Plan Your Timelines. Before your home renovation starts you will want to know what is happening and when so you can move furniture, pack your belongings and/or know to order skip the dishes when your kitchen is out of commission
  3. Plan for Short Term Storage. Getting yourself a POD container, or renting a storage unit will make your life simpler during the renovation. You can clear out as much of the home as possible to ensure a smooth project.
  4. Just Move Out! If you have come this far and it all sounds like a lot of work (it is) safe yourself time, money, stress and headache by moving out for the time your home is under renovation.


Your Calgary Renovations Professionals: FLR Developments


Ensuring all your bases are covered well in advance to construction beginning ensures a smooth and stress free project. Some of the important decisions include where to stay, eat and bathe during your custom home renovation. When searching for the best general contractor for your renovation be sure to seek their opinion on staying home versus moving out during your renovation consultation.

FLR Developments is Calgary's reputable home renovations specialist. Our team will guide you through all the steps for a stress-free renovation including planning, design, and project management through an online platform so you can watch everything come to life. If you want a team with 40+ years of custom home building and renovation expertise contact us by filling out the form below or calling (403)-980-2205


Whether you want a custom luxury home, a stunning lake view spot, or the perfect commercial spot for your new venture, our team makes the process as straightforward, cost-effective, and simple as possible. From planning and design to permits and a third party warranty, we will expertly manage every stage of the process. We take the challenge out of new builds, so you can focus on what’s truly important: achieving your dream.

Want to know more about one of our developments and how we can get your project completed on time and on a budget? Contact us at  (403) 980-2205  or fill in our online form.

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