It’s one of the most pressing questions for anyone considering home renovation or remodeling: what do you do with your existing furniture and possessions? Yes, it is possible to drape a painter’s cloth over your sofa or armchair, but any renovation more serious than a coat of paint is going to require you to permanently relocate your furniture–often for months.
If you’re looking at an upcoming renovation or remodeling project, here are the top ways to deal with your existing furniture and belongings:
1. Redistribute in other areas of the home
If you are only remodeling one part of your home, often the easiest way to deal with the furniture is to move it into other areas of your home. Put your dining room table in the rec room, or put your sofa into the master bedroom. This is a quick and easy solution to the furniture problem.
However, this solution has its drawbacks. Too much furniture stuffed into one room can make it cramped and uncomfortable. This is the last thing you want, especially with a large section of your house off limits during the remodeling.
Likewise, you have to be prepared to live with this situation for a long time. Although there is no hard-and-fast data on how long the average home renovation takes, one thing is for sure–it always takes longer than expected. If you don’t want to constantly be tripping over furniture or boxes, you’ll want to find a different solution.
2. Sell, sell, sell
Do you really want those old towels in your renovated master bathroom? Or that table set in your newly redecorated dining room? Chances are, you probably won’t. One way to solve the stuff problem is to sell off anything you don’t think you’ll use after the renovation.
If you have items you think are worth a lot of money, whether you’re looking at an antique dining table or a convertible sofa in nearly-new condition, consider having them appraised. That way, you can ensure you sell them for what they’re worth, whether you talk to antique dealers or furniture resellers.
If you have a bunch of stuff that isn’t worth a lot of money, have a yard sale instead. That’ll get your belongings out of the way quickly and give you some extra cash that you can use towards your remodeling project.
3. Invest in storage
You’ve probably seen those modular, movable storage units in front of your neighbors’ yards. These units are often a remodeler’s best friend. There are even moving companies like Mayflower who will drive the units directly to your door, wait for you to fill them with unwanted furniture and other household belongings, then take them off to a storage unit until you’re ready to claim your items. Don’t want to load the unit yourself? Ask the moving company to send their own set of movers to handle the heavy lifting.
You can store for a few weeks or several months, and you do not have to know how long you’ll need the storage in advance. These types of portable storage units are smaller than the large units you see on shows like Storage Wars, and they work extremely well for home remodeling purposes.
When it’s time to remodel, figuring out what to do with your existing furniture is just as important as deciding what type of stone to install on your new countertops. Luckily, you have options. Either redistribute, sell, or store your furniture, dishes, books, towels, and other belongings until your design project is complete. Then enjoy your new home, where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place!