If you’re an HGTV enthusiast, you might be tempted to put your home (and your family) through the process of a home renovation in pursuit of a glorious new bathroom or kitchen. Home renovations are a major way to change up your space, whether that’s refinishing the entire first floor of your home or making some key updates.
Home renovations can be expensive, though, and we’re not just talking about the regular price tag affixed to them. In addition to the costs for materials or labor, you’ll pay some additional prices that fall outside of what you might expect. Let’s look at how these overlooked logistics can impact your home renovation—and how self storage at Prime Storage can minimize that impact.
Staying in Your Home Versus Relocating During the Renovation
Probably the biggest question about home renovations is where you’ll live during the process. Some renovations, such as flooring installations or a one-day bathroom refinishing, can be done with you in the home. Others, such as complete overhauls of your home’s interior walls, may require you to vacate the home—if not for your peace of mind, then for your safety.
Your home renovation budget likely includes material costs and labor, but it may not factor in the costs of staying in a hotel for several days or weeks. It also may not take into account the costs of moving and storing those belongings that are either too big to stay in the home or items that you wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving unattended for any length of time.
The Costs of Kitchen Renovations
Kitchen renovations are among the best investments homeowners can make because of the return you can see, but they’re also one of the most disruptive. Depending on what you’re having done, kitchen renovations can impact your ability to cook. Wall and floor demolitions involve stirring up dust and dirt (among other things), which can often make the prospect of food preparation less than sanitary. In addition, you may need to remove your oven and refrigerator during the process, which can impact how much and what kinds of foods you’re able to prepare and have on hand.
Be prepared for kitchen renovations to lead to increases in your fast food and/or restaurant takeout budgets. Kitchen work takes time, especially if it’s a full demolition. If you’re able to shoulder the time and financial costs, it can definitely be worth it.
Installing new flooring can be very loud, which—if you’re someone who works from home or has small children—can be very disruptive. In addition to tearing out and throwing away old flooring (which may require a dumpster), you’ll have to factor in the sounds of nail guns and saws. Even if you’re planning on staying in your home during the renovation time frame, consider that it may significantly impact your quality of life and the ability to concentrate on work.
The Inconvenience of Bathroom Renovations
Many homes have multiple bathrooms for convenience, but if your home renovation includes a bathroom remodel, you’ll want to think carefully about the logistics. While changing all the bathrooms at once can save time and get you back to normal faster, it can put you in a real pickle if you need access to those fixtures. Before you embark on a bathroom renovation where you’ll stay in your home, ask yourself how willing you are to go a few days without showers or use of your toilets. The answer is probably less than what you might originally have thought.
Where to Store Your Belongings During a Renovation
So, you’ve decided to temporarily relocate during a renovation. You’ve ironed out the logistics of where you’ll stay, but you haven’t quite nailed down what to do with all your belongings. Whether you’re in need of a space for kitchen appliances after your cabinets are dismantled or simply want to clear out your closets to keep your clothes free of dust and debris, don’t just move them from room to room. Doing that could open you up to the risk of losing them during the course of the renovation. Consider the alternative: temporary self storage.
Renting a self storage unit is a convenient way to keep all your belongings in one place and keep them safe from damage during construction. If your plans for renovation involve being out of your home for months—which can happen during whole-home remodels—it’s worth placing items in storage. This is especially true if you’ve decided to rent an apartment or someplace with less space than your current home. By choosing temporary storage at your nearest facility, you can still have access to everything you own without having to worry about interrupting the work on your home.
Where can I find self storage during a renovation?
Prime Storage offers the convenience of local self storage combined with plenty of features and affordability to make moving in and out as simple as possible. There are no long-term contracts, meaning you can use the unit for as long as you need it! We also offer amenities such as climate controlled storage, which allows you to keep temperature sensitive items such as wooden furniture, mattresses, computers, and other electronics in a space that will lessen the risk of damage due to moisture or extreme temperatures. We can provide storage units of all sizes, built to accommodate the contents of closets or whole homes.
Contact Prime Storage to find your storage unit today.
Whether you’re in the initial planning stages of a renovation or finding out that you need to relocate during the demo, call Prime Storage today. Our friendly staff can help you find the storage solution that meets your needs so you can check one less thing off your list.