Is It Worth Moving During Your Home Renovation?

Published 9:47 pm Monday, April 1, 2024

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So, the renovation. You have decided and started preparations. Ordered a design project. Tidied up the estimate. Coordinated engineering plans. Found a company or a team of workers who are ready to entrust the transformation of the apartment. Well, it seems that the preparatory stage is almost complete, and you can start soon. 

However, it remains to decide one important question—where and how you and your family will spend the time of repair? What do you do to protect the furniture and things that now fill your apartment from damage? Where to move, and who can help you with it?

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Where To Live During Renovation?

It is this question that should be decided first, and your choice will determine the further actions. There can be a lot of options—it all depends on your priorities (for example, economy or comfort), opportunities and other factors. Let’s consider the main ones.

Apartment With Repair

Well, it happens—people give up the idea of moving and staying in the apartment where the repair is going on. This may be acceptable if the repair is planned cosmetically without any noisy, dirty work or significant alterations. But be prepared for all sorts of inconveniences. 

Your life will have to adjust to the course of repair work and repair to adjust to your residence in the apartment. For example, it will not be possible to remove the floor covering in the whole house at once—you will have to divide the work into stages so that there is always a room suitable for living.

Relatives or Friends

It’s great if you have loved ones who are always willing to come to the rescue and shelter you for the duration of the work. The main advantage is obvious—it’s free. And you will not be bored. 

This option can be very successful, provided that there is enough space for the relatives and relations with them are built smoothly and warmly. However, there are many difficulties. If there is not enough space for everyone and you will have to cramp, if you or your loved ones prefer privacy and need personal space, or if the household habits in some ways do not coincide, the risk of spoiling the relationship is great. It’s up to you. 


Another option is to rent an apartment. This is practical because you can find housing in your neighbourhood. You will not have to settle in a new place or change habits and routes, and it will be convenient to monitor the progress of repairs. Depending on how you decide to organize the storage of your things during the repair, you can choose an apartment with or without furniture.

TIP: According to various sources, up to 80% of renovations last longer than originally expected. Make sure you have the option of extending your stay in temporary accommodation. Or consider a backup.

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What To Bring With Yourself?

After you organize a suitable place to stay, you can be concerned about what to take with you. In many respects, the list of things will be dictated by the conditions—it is unlikely to be possible to move your double bed or children’s gymnastic corner in a small apartment of friends. Also, your ideas about comfort. Some will have a minimal set of dishes and household utensils equipped with a rented apartment, and some can not imagine how to spend a few months without their own set or floor lamp.

However, there are general principles, of course. We have prepared a basic list—use it, refine it, expand it.

  • Essentials—this will come in handy in the first hours after moving to a new place. Personal hygiene items, chargers for gadgets, medicines… Our blog has a whole article on this topic; be sure to check it out.
  • Necessary furniture items. Again, navigate your situation. You definitely can’t do without a bed (sofa, air mattress—in short, a sleeping place), a dining table and a couple of chairs, a workstation, and a closet for things.
  • Household appliances. Everything here depends on what you are used to, what you need, and what is available in the apartment you are moving to. The necessary minimum is a refrigerator, stove (a microwave oven or multicooker will also work), washing machine, vacuum cleaner, and kettle. Often, you can not do without a hair dryer, TV and iron.
  • Cookware. The starter set probably includes a frying pan, a medium-sized saucepan, a cutting board, a couple of knives (including a can opener), plates, cutlery, mugs, a couple of serving dishes, and salad bowls.
  • Home textiles (bedding, towels). The move is temporary, but familiar home things will help you survive comfortably.
  • Clothing. On the one hand, there may simply be no room for an extra outfit. On the other hand, you need to stock up on clothes and shoes for the whole family for different occasions and in case of weather changes. Do not neglect the little things—belts, scarves, bags, and other accessories will help to diversify the images.
  • Household chemicals, cleaning products.
  • Cosmetics, personal hygiene products.
  • Everything you need for work or study (laptop or desktop computer, books, notes, work uniforms, if you have them).

Renovation is not an easy task in itself and involves a lot of extra hassle. Remember, the key to success in any endeavour is a well-thought-out plan. Make it and calmly follow the outlined step-by-step. Let’s meet only reliable helpers on your way; all ideas are successful, and their realization is consistently of high quality.


In conclusion, navigating the maze of renovation challenges can be simplified with a well-structured plan that includes finding a temporary home. Whether you choose to stay with relatives, rent a place, or even brave the chaos and remain in your home, the focus should be on minimizing disruption to your daily life. Long distance moving of your belongings to a secure storage space can also provide peace of mind, ensuring that your items remain safe from the dust and damage of renovation. Remember, flexibility and preparedness are key, as renovations often take longer than expected. With a clear strategy and the right support, you’ll navigate this temporary inconvenience successfully, leading to a beautifully transformed space that’s well worth the wait.