Half of the people who purchase fixer-uppers do so for the purpose of reselling them for a higher value. If you are among the other half who decided to buy a fixer-upper to actually live in it, you may not have any choice but to live in the property even while renovations are happening. But is this really advisable, especially if exterior work is being done? Here is what your expert roofer, Commonwealth Roofing & Siding, has to say.
Should I Move Out?
Ideally, homeowners should not reside in the property while work is still being done, especially if it’s major exterior work like having a new roofing system installed. You might not realize it until it’s actually happening, but living in a house that isn’t fully functional is quite troublesome. Even if they’re just minor projects, you might still experience some inconveniences.
What Can I Do If I Can’t Move Out?
However, if you really cannot reside elsewhere, there are still some things that you can do to make the whole situation easier. Here are some tips:
Plan the order of the renovations. Talk to your contractor about the projects you want to be done, and ask for the most ideal way to go through with them. While there are no solid rules, roofing will most likely be done first. Remember that leaky roofs can do a lot of damage to the house. Projects like siding installation may be done at a later time.
Rent a storage unit. You are going to need all the space you can use while renovations are occurring. Also, you won’t want your belongings to get damaged or dirty. Decide what things you can live without for a few weeks, put them in a storage unit, and keep only those that you consider essentials.
Buy plastic or fabric sheets to cover your things. The furniture and other items that you need should be kept safe during renovations. No matter if you’re just having replacement windows installed or painting a room, it’s still better to keep your stuff safe from dust, paint and other debris.
Buying a fixer-upper to live in does not have to be a big hassle. All you need is patience, a good plan and, of course, a team of reliable home improvement contractors to make sure everything goes well.
Need help with your fixer-upper? Contact Commonwealth Roofing & Siding at (703) 890-0717, or sign up to get free estimate here today! Our team serves Centreville and Chantilly, VA, and nearby areas.