Q&A With Jean: Why Should I Move Out During My Renovation?

Jean Brownhill, renovation advice, how many bids, where to stay during a home renovation

Sweeten’s Founder + CEO Answers Your Renovation Questions

Welcome to #15 in our series, designed to bring clarity to some of the mysteries of renovating! Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a serial renovator, each project brings with it a new set of circumstances and new questions, and Sweeten is here to be a source of knowledge and reassurance. 

Feel free to email me at JBrownhill@sweeten.com with any reno questions or dilemmas you’d like addressed.

QUESTION: Why should I move out during my renovation? 

JEAN: The answer is, because you love yourself, and you want to stay healthy. There are so many airborne particles in the air during a renovation, from paint to sometimes, asbestos. We highly recommend that people move out of the space when they’re gut renovating, although it’s not necessary for every project or to move out for the entire time.

If, for some reason, you can’t, whether it’s financial or otherwise, we suggest that you put some kind of vapor barrier between the space where you are living and where the renovation is happening. You want to make sure that you are healthy throughout your entire renovation. Think about it: while someone is demoing, they usually have a mask on and they also leave the property. You don’t want to be sleeping in a room filled with dust particles. We definitely suggest to at least move out of your space during the dusty demolition phase.

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Looking for more advice from Jean? Be sure to check out the fourteenth installment in this series, Q&A with Jean: Should I Take the Lowest Bid?

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