Staying Put During Home Renovation? Four Essential Survival Tips

Renovating a home can improve a family’s quality of life by expanding available living space, adding new features, and updating outdated fixtures. During the home renovation process, though, living in a construction site can be challenging. Families planning a renovation should consider these tips to ease the transitional period.

1. Be Present

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Remaining on site can be a blessing in disguise when it comes to helping the process go smoothly. Homeowner availability to answer contractor questions and give approval will keep the project moving, even when it seems there’s still a long way to go. When issues arise, the property owners will be able to give feedback right away if they are living in the home.

2. Get Creative

Set up temporary spaces in the home where family members can stick to their routines. For example, if the kitchen is under renovation, plug in a mini-fridge, microwave, and toaster oven in a spare bedroom or dining room. When a bathroom is unusable because of construction, schedule shower times so morning routines aren’t disrupted.

3. Designate Construction-Free Zones

Family members should primarily spend time in areas that are free of dust and noise, so set boundaries with contractors in advance to make sure there’s still some private space to escape the chaos. Keeping kids and pets away from the areas where construction is happening is important for their safety and helps prevent delays.

4. Pack Up Valuables

Irreplaceable items should be kept far away from a home renovation. Fragile vases, priceless heirlooms, favorite works of art, and other breakables should be safely packed away and put in storage for the duration of construction. Homeowners can safely and simply store their belongings in portable storage containers from Go Mini’s®. These steel ventilated containers are specifically designed to protect valuables and come in 12, 16, and 20-foot sizes.

With preparation, a home renovation doesn’t have to be a headache, and you can get to enjoying your new space faster.

Ease Unpacking with this Three-Step Strategy

When a family moves into a new home, it can be difficult to know where to start unpacking. With some simple planning, homeowners can stay organized during this process by going room by room. Implement these tips before opening those boxes to get settled sooner rather than later.

1. Pack Accordingly

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Those who plan to use a room-based method for unpacking should start by packing their belongings in boxes that pertain to each room in the new home. Label these boxes carefully and place them in the correct room in the new home during the moving process. Consider numbering each box and creating a checklist to ensure that nothing has been left behind.

Pro tip: Order boxes online for specialty items like TVs or lamps.

2. Create “Survival” Bags

Simply put, these are bags or boxes that include everything the family will need to survive the first few days after a move. Think clothes, toothbrushes, electronics and chargers, bathing supplies, cleaning supplies, sheets and bedding, and toilet paper. These should be packed separately from other belongings and also labeled.

3. Prioritize Unpacking

Now that each box is sorted into the correct room and large items like furniture have been placed, it’s time to decide which room to set up first. While this will vary based on each family’s priorities, most experts recommend starting with the kitchen so that groceries can be purchased and meals prepared, reducing the need for expensive and unhealthy takeout. Since most bathroom items will be in the survival bags, unpacking the bedrooms is the natural next step so everyone can get a good night’s rest. Common areas like the living room are usually last to be unpacked.

Families who are in the process of moving can seek assistance from Go Mini’s®. Our portable storage containers can protect belongings during relocation from one home to the next. We’ll even deliver the containers to the new location.