How to Live through a Renovation

Living in a house while renovating: 6 Survival Tips for Living Through a Renovation

Living In a House While Its Under Renovations?

Living in a renovation is MESSY.  You will have drywall waiting to be installed. Dirt and dust that needs to be swept up DAILY.  Not to mention rooms out of commission for days or weeks on end.



It will depend how long your renovation will be (double your estimate).  Also factor in the cost of living out AND the renovation costs (double your estimate again!)  If you do decide to live in, just know you’re going to live with dust, tape, drywall, and boxes of supplies of tiles, hardwood flooring etc for awhile.

For some people, they decide to move out while the renovation is going on.  If you can afford it, and at the same time still manage your renovation, go for it.  On the other hand, people like myself who don’t mind a bit of sawdust and mess, and would rather save the dollars, live during the renovation.

Once you get your head around it, and use the following tips, it can be managed.

1. Have one liveable space where everyone can hang out and chill.  

i.e. a family room, living room or rec room.  If there is one liveable space, your life can feel normal for awhile.  That space may probably will change during the reno but try to keep one space calm and protected during the storm.

2. Always have one usable bathroom preferably with a shower.

It will make life so much easier! Especially if one or more people need to rush out the door in the morning.

3.   Don’t sweat the small stuff.  

My husband at the time, told our youngest son to pick up his clothes.  Our son just looked at him: “seriously dad” said his face.  Just look at MY room!!! LOL.  When you’re in a middle of a reno, you just need to let stuff go.  Life is NOT normal.  And you need to cut your kids some slack on some of the routines. Let them know that once they get to the new house, the routines will resume.  Kids will understand and adjust to a new routine.

Seriously dad!  I’m supposed to pick up my clothes??



















4. Don’t overload your life with “extra” activities during this time.  Now is NOT the time to take music lessons like you always wanted to or plan a surprise birthday party for your neighbors daughter.  Keep your calendar fairly open so that you can hop in the car and buy that extra tile when the tiles run short or spend time draping plastic over furniture before they start sanding the ceilings so your kid’s bed isn’t full of sand when it’s time to tuck them in.  Not Living through a reno, suppliesover-scheduling your day and making time to do what your trades ask of you will not stress you out when you have to do something unexpected.

5. Talk to your trades daily so you will have the supplies when they need them.  This way you can plan ahead without rushing around at the last minute trying to find the perfect light fixture or bathroom vanity on the fly.

6. Focus on the end goal.  Have one or two of your vision pictures up somewhere to keep you visualizing why you’re doing this.

It can be stressful, but once you have some “new” routines and boundaries in place, it can be manageable.  After all, you will have your dream home, or you’ll be able to put this one up for sale to move into your dream home the next move.




Add Value to Your Home with Debi CollinsonI’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!

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  1. OMG, I wish I have never to go through a renovating process!! But I am glad you share some tips just in case I need them. I can hear your son!

    Thank you so much for linking up at Sweet Inspiration party!

    Enjoy your week!

    1. We learned ALOT about what to do and what NOT to do when renovating. It was our quick timeline that stressed us all out. Thanks for the feedback Pili! See you next week at your Sweet Inspiration party!

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