Where To Live Temporarily While Building Your New Home in SC

December 1, 2021 | Intuitive Digital
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Whether you’re building a brand new house or remodeling your current home, it’s sure to be an adventure like no other. You get to use your creativity and personal tastes to truly achieve the home of your dreams. However, if staying in your current home isn’t an option, you’ll have to make sure you have a functional place to live while your house is being built. 

Building your own home is a massive life change, and finding temporary housing during construction can be stressful. That’s why it’s a good idea to make plans as early as possible. Here, we’ll discuss the important details to consider when choosing a temporary living situation, as well as some of the most common options.

What to Consider When Finding Temporary Housing

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If you’re building a new home, you know that proper planning is vital. If you aren’t able to stay in your current home or apartment throughout the process, you’ll need to consider several different factors to make the best choice for you and your family. Here are some of the most important questions you’ll want to ask yourself:

How Long Will You Be Living There?

When conceptualizing a new home, it’s easy to overlook or underestimate how long the process actually takes. When you include finalizing design details, getting the necessary permits, and actual construction, the average home build takes around 7 to 8 months. But custom builds often take well over a year, or even a few years, depending on the size and structure of the home. Before you make living arrangements, make sure you consider how long you’ll have to be there, and be sure to factor in potential setbacks, which can extend the build time.  

What Is Your Budget?

Cost is almost always at the front of people’s minds during a home build or any type of extensive renovation. But many folks forget to factor in the cost of temporary housing. Depending on the route you choose, and the types of amenities that are most important to you, it can cost a significant amount. So, be sure to consider living costs when looking for housing.

Who Will Be Living There With You?

Are you living on your own? With a partner? Or maybe children and extended family? Many of the most common options for temporary housing are designed for one or two occupants. So if you have a larger family or household members who need special considerations, it’s important to consider that when finding a place to live. 

Is Location Important?

When taking on such a huge project, it’s easy to become so invested in it that you forget to prioritize other important aspects of your daily life. Depending on your lifestyle and schedule, you’ll need to be able to commute to work, take your kids to school, and have access to all the services you need. So you’ll want to make sure your temporary living situation is in a location that works for you.

Best Options for Temporary Housing

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Live On-Site

In some cases, especially smaller renovations or expansions, your home may still be livable during the process. Even if you’re building a house from scratch, many people opt to use temporary accommodations such as an RV or outbuilding on their own property. 

There are a number of benefits of on-site temporary housing. You’ll be able to keep track of construction progress, have constant communication with your builders, and this option is often less expensive. However, being so close to the build at all hours of the day can be overwhelming, and you’ll have to get used to construction noise.

Rent a Property

There are a number of options for long-term rentals to suit any household. You can opt for a traditional apartment or condo or rent a house that can accommodate the whole family. In fact, various online services such as Airbnb offer long-term rental options, which make the process simple and streamlined.

Plan an Extended Hotel Stay

While most hotel guests stay for just a few days or weeks, there are many hotels that allow for extended housing. Many even offer monthly rates! Some hotels have special apartment-like suites specifically designed for extended stays and can offer convenient amenities like washers and dryers.

Stay With a Friend or Family Member

If you have the option, staying with a friend or extended family is a great option! It can save you a lot of money and give you the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. If you choose this route, make sure to inform your host of how long you’ll need to stay with them before they commit to taking you in. It’s also a good idea to offer to help pay for basic utilities and groceries while you’re staying with them.

Go on a Road Trip or Vacation

A great option while building your dream home is to take the opportunity to travel. If you have the funds, you could take an extended trip abroad to explore new cultures and meet interesting people while your new home is being built. Many people even buy an RV and take a cross-country road trip! This is a great opportunity to explore new places and make life-long memories before settling into your long-term home. This is an option even if you have a larger family. In fact, the most specious RVs can accommodate up to 12 adults. 

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