Tips for living through your renovation
Follow our advice to survive your renovation and stay (relatively) sane!
There’s no getting around the fact that living in your home during a renovation will be a challenge. However, for most people, it’s their best financial option.
Pack as if you’re moving
Make sure to declutter and purge your home, getting rid of everything you no longer need or want. Pack up anything you want to keep, but don’t need during the renovation including art, books, ornaments, out of season clothes and anything you don’t use regularly. Label the boxes well and store them off-site or in a hire container.
Set up a temporary kitchen
When renovating your kitchen, create a ‘camping’ kitchen. You’ll need a fridge and table with a microwave, toaster oven, electric frypan, kettle, coffee maker and toaster. You might want to add a slow cooker if you’re renovating during winter. Get some plastic storage bins to help keep the space tidy and protect your food, cooking utensils and tableware from dust.
Expect dust to get everywhere!
Most people find the hardest part of living through a renovation is the dust. While we keep things as clean and tidy as we can, you’re still living in a building site. Create a living space in your home and cordon it off with thick plastic and masking tape. Inevitably dust will still make its way in, so cover your electronics and anything else you want to keep clean.
Make plans for your pets
Your renovation will also be challenging for your pets. With open doors and lots of tools around, they’ll need to be kept safe. Consider using doggy day care or keeping them in a secure area during work hours.