Living in a House Under Construction Is Not a Good Idea
When remodeling, the thought of living in your home during construction may seem tempting for financial and convenience reasons. If you are seriously thinking about putting up with the challenges of living among construction, you may want to reconsider. Residing in a home that is currently under renovation – or moving in before the work is complete – is not wise from quality of life and safety standpoints, and it can actually extend your completion date, as well as add to the overall cost of your project. Living in an unfinished house may also violate town building codes, resulting in penalties and fines.
While the idea of living in your home during the remodel may seem convenient, in reality, it is loud, dirty, disruptive and dangerous.
The constant noise and inability to function in your home normally are stressful – to both people and pets. Fine layers of dust and particles, which tend cover everything despite constant cleaning, can cause health problems for young children and those with asthma. Electrical wires and gas lines are exposed and can pose potential hazards. Not all plumbing may be connected, negatively impacting the use of toilets and sinks. During demolition, harmful substances can be disturbed and released into the air. When you rip out drywall, plaster, floors, carpeting, and ceilings you never know what you are going to find. Toxins such as asbestos, lead and mold, can be lurking beneath. Living in the home during construction can expose you and your loved ones to extremely hazardous materials and unbearable living conditions.
Staying put during the renovation also affects milestones and your budget.
Working in an unoccupied home is much more productive for the construction crew, and can actually step-up the construction schedule. An empty home eliminates the need to rush mechanical work so that plumbing and electrical services aren’t interrupted. Contractors can do their job with minimal distractions (like daily conversations with you, the homeowner) and are not constrained by having to work around your schedule.
When a homeowner resides in the home, or moves in before the work is complete, a builder must work around belongings. This makes it more difficult to pay attention to the small details. At times, things can be overlooked, adding more time on to the project – and adding to your budget.
Moving in before construction is complete without a temporary CO can also violate town codes, costing your more money in penalties and fines.
Living away from your home renovation reduces stress and health issues, helps your builder better manage the project so that it is completed on time, and saves you money in the long run. So, think long and hard before you decide to stay in place during construction.