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Renovating and Moving House — How to Coordinate Your Move with Home Improvement Projects

Updated: Mar 25

Moving house is a monumental task on its own, but when you add a renovation into the mix, it can feel juggling balls of fire. But with some clever planning (and a touch of optimism) you can navigate through this complexity seamlessly.

In our helpful guide, we break down how to coordinate moving house in the thick of a home improvement project. Whether you're moving into a home that needs a renovation or making some touch ups before you leave your current abode — our advice secures a smooth and somewhat sane transition.

Effortlessly juggle your home makeover and relocation

Taking on a renovation project whilst moving in or out is certainly no mean feat. So, without further delay, here are our top tips for handling it like a pro:

Step 1: Let's talk timelines

First up, let's talk about the all-important schedule. Renovations have a way of laughing in the face of schedules, and moving dates can be just as bad. The trick is to get a date from your building contractors on when they expect the work to be completed by, as well as a date then from your estate agent on your move in or out date. Then, add some buffer time for those (inevitable) surprises and delays. It's not just about when things start, but how they fit together, too. Expect hiccups, and if everything goes smoothly, consider it a pleasant surprise.

Step 2: Create a budget

When combining a house move with renovations, the extras can add up quickly. This is where a detailed budgeting and finance tracking system becomes your best friend. Track every quote, invoice, and receipt. Remember, surprises are for birthdays, not renovations. That being said, it's no secret that a lot of renovation projects go over budget. This why it's why it's a good idea to save up a little extra to add to whatever you are quoted or have an emergency fund.

Step 3: Get your priorities in order

When you're juggling renovations with a house move, not everything can be top priority. It's essential to differentiate between the must-dos (like ensuring the plumbing works) and the nice-to-haves (like your dream walk-in wardrobe). Start with structural, electrical, and plumbing updates. These are non-negotiable for making your space liveable. Then, assess what can be done later without too much disruption. This approach not only helps with scheduling, but also keeps your budget from getting out of control.

Step 4: Utilise storage solutions

If you are moving into a new house where renovations are taking place, you might not want to move everything in straight away. But if the time is up on your old place, where is everything meant to go? That's where storage solutions come in. Consider putting those non-essential items in a storage unit until the work is complete. This is especially useful when it comes to high-value, delicate, or sentimental items as you don't want them getting damaged or dusty during the process.

Want to know more about how to prepare your items for storage? Our helpful guide has got you covered.

Step 5: Assess your living arrangement

Living in a construction site is not the most appealing situation for a lot of people. But you might not have a choice. If this is the case, look at which parts of the house you can make liveable and accessible, and set up shop there. If this really isn't possible, you might have to ask your friends or family for a favour, or perhaps consider a short-term rental or Airbnb.

Step 6: Communication is key

This can’t be stressed enough: keep the lines of communication open. Regular check-ins with your contractors and movers will help ensure everyone is on the same page. If delays happen (and they might), knowing about them ASAP allows you to adjust your plans.

Step 7: Post renovation/move check-in

Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel! Once the dust settles and the paint dries, it’s time to move in and get set up properly. Do a final walk-through with your contractor to tick off any last-minute fixes. Then, it’s time to unpack and start making those new spaces feel like home.

Move home with absolute ease!

Regardless of whether you're moving home amidst a renovation or are just moving out the plain and simple way — we have heaps more advice for you. Why not check out some of our most popular moving house guides:

Plus, we've heaps where that came from in our advice hub! Go and check it out more expert advice, hints and tips.

Let Saint Removals take care of your removal needs

Moving house and renovating at the same time can put you under incredible amounts of stress, especially if you plan on doing all the heavy lifting and moving yourself. So, why not let your local and friendly removal experts take this one off your plate. With over 25 years of combined experience between us, there's nothing we haven't moved!

Here at Saint Removals, you can mix and match our services to create a package that suits your needs. So what are you waiting for, get in touch with us today and let’s get started. And if you still need a little persuading, here are 11 reasons why we’re the right fit for the job.

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