Creative Accommodation Ideas if Displaced Due to Home Renovation, New Home Construction, or Time In Between Home Possessions
When it comes to making home improvements, selling and buying a home, or building a new home, it’s common to run into issues with move-in and completion dates.
Major renovations can force you out of your home for a while, especially if it’s causing disruption to the kitchen, bathrooms or main living space. This is a time when BigSteelBox can help by providing portable storage for renovations.
It's also common that move out/move-in dates don't line up after a new home sale or purchase. Likewise, if you’re in the process of building your dream home, but you’ve already lost possession of your current home, the timeframe in between when you’re “homeless” can be stressful and tough to manage.
As such, many homeowners find themselves looking for a place to stay in between homes (see below for some ideas to deal with this situation).
Portable Storage for Renovations
BigSteelBox helps homeowners in tough moving and renovating situations every day. We will deliver a storage container as far in advance as needed, so there is plenty of time to pack it with your belongings. When you’re finished, you can either keep it on your property (if you just need storage during a reno), or we will pick up your container and move it to one of our secure locations and store it there for you until you’re ready to have it delivered again.
You Can Trust BigSteelBox With Your Stuff
A BigSteelBox is extremely secure – it’s wind, water and rodent-proof – so your things will be safe and dry. Plus, all of our rental containers come equipped with a Lock Box that protects your padlock from bolt cutters.
Still need access to your things while they’re in storage? No problem. If you need to store your container at one of our storage facilities but still need occasional access to your things, just call your BigSteelBox Store 24 hours before you need to get into your Box, and we’ll make sure it is set out in our customer access area (Note: access to loaded containers on our site is available at most locations - contact us for details).
If you need to be out of your home during a major renovation, or if you expect a gap in possession dates between selling and buying a new home, here are some affordable, fun and creative accommodations ideas for your time in between homes.
Able to Leave Town for a While During a Home Reno or New Home Construction?
If you’re lucky enough to have the flexibility to get away for a while during a home reno or in between possession dates, here are some fun ideas to fill that time that could cost you the same (or even less!) than staying close to home.
Go on Vacation!
This option may not work for everyone, especially if you need to be on site during a renovation, or the construction of your new home. There are always decisions that have to be made on the spot, and unfortunately, it’s also common for issues and changes that arise that need the homeowner’s consent or approval.
But, if you have a great general contractor managing the project and you feel comfortable being away, then a time frame when you don’t have a place to live is a great opportunity to take a vacation. Look into last minute travel deals to all-inclusive resorts, or cheap repositioning cruises. If your only other option is to move into a hotel or short-term rental property for just 2-3 weeks, which could end up costing you $1,500 - $3,500, there are so many other more exciting things you could do with that money.
Please note, however, that regardless of how trustworthy your project manager is, you should still make sure that you’ll have access to wifi and be able to receive phone calls in the location you plan to visit while you’re out of the city or country. This is important as you should always be available to the general contractor or trades people on the job site.
Use Your RV… or Rent an RV
Depending on where you live in Canada, there may be an opportunity to get some extra use out of our RV or travel trailer. Many campgrounds and RV parks stay open year-round, so depending on the time of year and the weather, that may be an option for your “home away from home.”
If you don’t own an RV and it’s spring, summer or fall when you will be without a home during a reno or construction, you may want to look into renting one. If this idea appeals to you, check out GoRVing Canada – it’s one example of a company that rents RVs of all types and sizes across Canada.
Need to Stay in Your City to Manage the Reno or New Home Construction Process?
The reality is that most of us don’t have the flexibility to pick up and leave the city, especially for extended period of time, even though we’ve been displaced from home. Whether it’s work, school or another local commitment, we often need to stay close to home… even when we can’t live in our home. So, what can you do if you’re displaced due to a home reno, or delayed possession date?
Look into House Sitting
Send out an email or group text letting your friends and family know about your living situation to see if they know of anyone looking for a reliable house sitter. People are always travelling and looking for help around their homes, and here are just a few reasons why:
1) Yard Maintenance: Regardless of the time of year, most homeowners need to have a plan for yard maintenance while they’re away on vacation. Whether it’s watering plants, weeding gardens and mowing lawns in the summer, or shoveling snow in the winter, there is always work to be done. Rather than having to hire someone to do those things, it’s often easier to have someone stay in your home in return for maintain the yard – it’s a win-win for both parties!
2) Insurance Policies: Many insurance policies require a home to be monitored daily while the owners are away. If something happens and the home has not been monitored as per the insurance policy, a homeowner may not be covered in the event of damage that occurs while the house is empty.
This is especially important during the winter months when a broken-down furnace could lead to frozen water pipes and flooding, but during the summer there are also many things that can happen unexpectedly. Home break-ins are far more likely to happen if it’s become obvious there is no one staying at the home.
3) Pet Sitting: If a homeowner is heading off for a vacation and cannot take their pet with them, having someone care for their furry or feathered family member, as well as their home, is a great option. It allows the pet to stay in their home, rather than moving them to a different home or kennel, and it’s less expensive than boarding a pet for a long period of time.
There are even online services to help you find a pet/house sitting opportunity anywhere in the world. For example, www.trustedhousesitters.com is a site where pet owners and potential pet sitters find each other.
Take a Staycation
As mentioned above, there can be challenges to leaving the city where your reno or home construction is happening for a variety of reasons (work, school, availability to tradespeople and project manager, etc.). So, why not plan a staycation?
Every city across Canada has something exciting to offer, whether it’s wineries, lakes, museums, events and festivals, or just a hotel with a pool! The truth is that we often miss out of the “touristy” aspects of our hometown, so why not take this opportunity to re-discover your city?
Contact your local Tourism Authority to see if they can help with the planning. Plus, many hotels and attractions will offer a special rate or price for “locals”, so it could be a good opportunity to have some fun and learn more about your city all while keeping close to home.
Trust BigSteelBox to Keep Your Stuff Safe
These are just a few adventurous and creative ways to pass the time while you’re displaced due to a home renovation or new home construction. BigSteelBox is here to help with all of your storage needs, whatever your situation. Just pack all your stuff into a BigSteelBox shipping container, and rest easy knowing that it will be safe when you’re ready to unpack it again.