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Undertaking a major renovation or extension on your home is an exciting time, but many homeowners often overlook how they are going to live in their house while the construction is underway. 

There are many factors that will influence your decision to either stay in your house or find alternate accommodation throughout the process, these will include: 

– How long will it take to complete the work? 

– What type of work is being done?  

– Where will the work take place? 

These factors can often make the decision an easy one, but what if you’re stuck on which option is best for you and your family? Our pros and cons list for staying in your home during the construction phase of your renovation or extension can help you make your final decision. 


Saves You Money 

Deciding to stay in your home during the construction process can save you money in the long run. Options such as a hotel or a short-stay rental can be expensive, as well as possible moving costs that may be needed should you have a long list of essentials. This is not even considering if your new place of residence will have a fully functional kitchen, making meals more expensive with your need to consistently eat out. 


Your Routines Stay Consistent 

While the routine specifically inside your home may need to change, such as which room you sleep in, your entire life doesn’t have to be upended.  

– Will your kids need to take a different bus to school? 

– Will your favourite coffee shop still be on your way to work? 

– Will you have to travel further to do your regular everyday tasks? 

All questions you won’t have to answer if you decide to stay in your home during the construction of your renovation or extension project. 


Around If You’re Needed 

Not only will staying in your home provide you with a first-hand experience with how your renovation or extension is progressing. You’ll also be on hand should you need to assist with any time-sensitive decisions. This is a great way to stay involved with the process and build a greater relationship with your builder. 




Staying within your home may simply come down to a question of safety.  

While your builders will work with you to stage the construction process around your living spaces and make your home as safe as possible to live in, it will still be classed as a construction site. This can be important if you have young kids in the house. 

Young kids can find it hard not to get involved or stop themselves from poking their heads into the closed-off areas of the home to take a peek. Remove the temptation and potential accidents by taking them out of the home. 


Costs You Money 

Wait, didn’t we say staying in the home can save you money? 

Yes, but it can also be a more expensive solution, depending on the type of renovation or extension you’re undertaking. Staging out the construction process around appropriate living spaces for your family can add extra time and thus money to your project. You’ll have to work out if it’s more expensive to stay or go in this instance. 


You’re Living In A Construction Site 

Knowing you’ll be living in a construction site and experiencing it can be two very different things. Having workers throughout your home will mean very little privacy, you’ll also be experiencing construction dust and debris throughout your space, while also dealing with potential noise that could give you a headache day in and day out. While this may not bother you if you leave for the office every day, it is a major factor to consider if you wish to work from home during this time. 



It’s not an easy decision, but it is one you’ll have to make if you wish to build the dream space you’ve always desired to own. Fortunately, Woodford Homes can help you work out the best solution for you and your family. Take a look at our effective 5-step process that’ll take you from your initial idea, through to the design and construction stages of your dream renovation or extension project. 

Read about our 5-step process here