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Now that the colder months are behind us, many homeowners begin planning maintenance, repairs, and renovations to enhance their residences' appearance, functionality, safety, and comfort. Getting these tasks completed will likely involve hiring contractors and providing access to essential areas of the home. Unfortunately, sometimes it creates an inconvenience for homeowners and their families.
Your house essentially becomes a construction site, which could prove dangerous for occupants. It's a lot to deal with, from tripping hazards and chemicals to loud noises and inaccessible regions of your living space. That's why most people plan to vacate the premises until the projects are complete. Although it's an added expense, you can make this a fun experience for everyone by planning a staycation. Below are some tips.
Where To Stay
The first consideration is where to stay. Ideally, you want to find a hotel or vacation rental located close to your house, job, or school so you can continue your everyday activities. You also want to be close enough to check on the progress of repairs and renovations. The most significant factor to consider is your length of stay. An insulation removal might only take a day or two, but a kitchen and bathroom renovation could take weeks.
If you need accommodations for a few days, a hotel may suffice as it has minimal amenities to tide you over. However, if you're going to be away from home for weeks, you might want to look into vacation rentals or short-term apartment rentals. That way, you have the creature comforts of home like separate bedrooms, office space, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Don't Forget The Pets
If you have pets, you'll want to ensure that you've designated a place for them to stay during renovations. There are pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals you can reserve if you prefer to keep them with you. However, if you're trying to save money or can't find such accommodations near your home, you need to consider other options like leaving them with a relative or signing them up for pet daycare.
Home Security Measures
Since you won't be home during the renovations, you need to ensure you have security measures in place. If you have a security system with cameras and smart locks, you can monitor the comings and goings of contractors from your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. You should place any valuables in a safe.
Finally, inform a trusted neighbor of where you'll be so they can keep an eye on things for you. Despite having these measures in place, you should regularly visit your home to check on the progress, pick up mail, water plants, and complete any other tasks.
Schedule Time For Fun
Being away from your sanctuary is a bit of an inconvenience, but you can make it a fun experience by scheduling some activities for entertainment. While you may have lived in your town for years, there are always things to see and explore.
Check the community calendar to see what events are happening. The warmer weather brings carnivals, farmers' markets, street fairs, movies at the park, concerts, and other fun outdoor activities. If there's not much going on, you can always look into purchasing a city pass, which would give you affordable admission into local museums, amusement parks, art galleries, and other unique attractions.
What To Pack
The last step would be to start packing for your staycation. Generally, you'd want to pack as if you're going out of town on a traditional vacation. Bring your clothes, shoes, toiletries, medication, and dietary supplements. However, you'll also want to ensure you have things like a laptop or tablet for work tasks and homework assignments, groceries to prepare meals when you're not dining out, and items for entertainment on days you have nothing planned.
Maintenance, repairs, and renovations are often necessary to sustain a happy, healthy, and comfortable home. Be that as it may, sometimes being in the house isn't ideal. If that's the case for you, the best thing to do is plan a staycation. That way, you can get the work on your house done, keep your family safe, and enjoy a little time off in the process.
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