Can I Stay In My Home During Construction?



    Home construction can be loud and messy. People are constantly coming in and out of your home. With the ongoing chaos, the question of whether to live at home during construction or move out arises. What is the best option? And are you allowed to live in your home during home projects?





Staying At Home

    There’s definitely pros and cons to living in your home during construction. When demolition and construction are taking place it's important to know if the space is free of asbestos. This will depend greatly on the year the structure was built. You will also need to make sure the space is free of mold. This will depend on the condition and location of the structure. These among others are hazardous to your health making it important to check with your architect or contractor and confirm if you are allowed to live in your home while construction is going on. If there are no health risks and the construction area can be blocked off to avoid dust and debris entering the living courters, then staying in the space shouldn't be an issue. 


The pros and cons are as follows:


-Less expensive then a hotel or renting

-Check in on progress more easily

-There in case something happens

-If you have access to the kitchen, won’t need to spend money on eating out




-Dealing with dirt, dust and debris

-Noise, often early to avoid the heat

-Sleeping and eating quarters may not be available 

-People in your home all day



  For some people, staying at home is the best option. Just be prepared to rough it a bit when it comes to certain areas of your home. We suggest coming up with your own pros and cons list as it pertains to your project and situation. 


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Moving Out

     Just like staying in your home, there are pros and cons to moving out for the duration of your project. This may allow you to stay with friends or family and have some quality time to visit with them. 


The pros and cons are as follows:


-Avoid dirt and noise

-Be more comfortable

-Help projects timeline by being out of the way for contractors to work




-Hotel expense

-Food expense

-Can’t check in on the project as easily

-Not there when a problem occurs



For some people, this may work best for their busy in and out schedules. 




Projects That Require Moving

      Some architectural projects don’t allow you to live in your home at all during construction. Generally it’s for safety reasons, but may also be because there will be so much going on you may end up in the contractors way. 


Projects that require you to move:

-Roof remodel

-Asbestos/mold removal

-Whole house remodel

-Major demolition

-Some home additions






Projects That Don’t Require Moving

       Not every project requires you to move. Usually smaller projects allow you to stay in your home because there isn’t as much work going on.

Projects that don’t require you to move:

-Minor maintenance fixes

-Some home additions

-Some remodels







    It is always a good idea to talk with your architect or contractor about living in your home or moving out for the duration of the project. They will be able to give you a clearer picture of the living conditions during the project and what might be the best option. It may just come down to your personal preference in the end.