Aug 24, 2018

10 Great Tips for Moving into a Home That's Being Remodeled

Moving into a new home is already difficult. However, if the home is being remodeled, then the process will add a whole other level difficulty. The good news is that there are ways that you can make it easier to move into your home while it is being remodeled.
Set up Your Living Space

You will need a place to sleep, prepare your food, pay bills and check your emails. You can use an outdoor grill, crock pot, toaster oven or griddles to prepare your food. A temporary kitchen can be set up in your garage, den or living room. If you have an extra bathroom or laundry room, then you can use these places to wash your dishes.

Pre-Plan Healthy Meals

Even though it is still possible for you to cook, it is a good idea to have some pre-cooked meals. You can cook meals ahead of time, freeze them and heat them up in the microwave. You should also have snacks ready such as whole grain crackers, nuts, fruits and peanut butter.

Protect Your Space

Dust is bound to get into your living space while the people are doing work. However, there are ways that you can minimize the amount of dust that comes in contact with your living space by putting up a plastic barrier. You will need to put the barrier between the living space and workspace. Often times the remodeling crew is responsible for this, but just in case they have forgotten or decided not to, it’s a good idea to put up a barrier.

Protect Your Children

If you have children, then you will need to let the contractors know that their safety is your top priority. You should also set up ground rules for your children. Try to keep your living space away from potential hazards.


You should sweep your living space at the end of each day. You should also sweep every room that the contractors have finished working on. Maintaining a clean space will make it easier for you to unpack.

Remove Unnecessary Items

If there are items that you do not need, then you will need to keep them in a box away from the workspace. You may also want to put the items in a storage space in your home if possible or rent a storage unit. This will protect your items from damage. 

Stay Organized

Staying organized is one of the keys to stress-free unpacking. You should try to keep things that go in the same room together. Keep all of your essential items easily accessible in whatever room or rooms that are not being remodeled and store any unessential items. Using plastic storage bins or cabinets is a great way to efficiently keep your items organized and on hand.

Turn Off the HVAC System 

Whenever your HVAC unit is running, dust flies freely throughout the home. As much as possible, keep your HVAC unit off. Lastly, it’s not a bad idea to change out your homes air filters once the remodeling is done to rid your home of all accumulated dust from the work that was done.

Always Wear Shoes

You never know what’s on the ground. That is why everyone in the home needs to wear shoes at all times. You will also need to keep fragile decor away from the construction site.


If the remodeling is causing a major disruption in your life, then it is best to stay somewhere else until it’s completed. You can stay in a hotel. You can also stay with a friend or relative. This is of course not the ideal option, but sometimes when there’s no getting around it, moving into a temporary location is definitely an option.

About the Author

Hayden Stewart is a contributing writer and media specialist for the Allied Van Lines Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional obstacles that come with moving, settling into a new home, and more.

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