Where to Stay During Home Renovation

Congratulations. You’ve taken a big step and have the groundwork ready for renovating your home. But before the work begins, you must consider where you want to live. Staying home while renovations are ongoing, especially full-home renovations, is nigh impossible. They can interfere with peaceful living, and make even getting something to eat a painful process.

You can avoid that by considering accommodations elsewhere, but even this must be carefully considered. You don’t want your temporary accommodations to cost you an arm and a leg at the end of the day.

This is why discussing where to stay during home renovation is so crucial. We will share several options of where to stay, along with some of the most cost-effective options.

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Key Takeaways

  • A rented property or owned property are some of the most common accommodations to choose from
  • Owning your property, camper, or RV is one of the most cost-effective ways to manage temporary accommodations

Where to Stay During Home Renovation

There are several options to choose from when it comes to choosing temporary housing during home renovation. Here are a few of the options listed below:

  • You can stay in a rented area.
  • Considered an owned property.
  • Other options, such as an extended-stay hotel.

The home improvement industry reached 65.1 billion in Canada in 2023 (1). According to IBIS World, the industry is expected to grow marginally heading into 2024 (2). Part of the costs account for money spent seeking temporary housing while renovating your home.

Many people are looking for comfortable options when it comes to staying away from home while your renovations are underway. Some are willing to spend more, while others are looking for as cost-effective an option as possible. 

All the options we’ve listed are somewhat comfortable and will help you decide which path to choose when choosing your living accommodations.

Renting Options

Some of the most popular renting options are listed below:

  • Short-term rental apartment
  • Rent an RV
  • Vacation rental
  • Corporate housing
  • Rental homes

“Put all your cards on the table from the beginning. Knowing your budget and what you can afford. That way, your renovation never gets out of hand,” explained Patricia Shannon, a Home Writer of Better Homes and Gardens.

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Short-term Rental Apartment

Short-term rental apartments are an excellent place to stay regarding temporary housing during home renovation. They have all the basic necessities of your home, such as a kitchen. Yet they’re also reasonably priced and can work as a long-term solution for accommodation.

Short-term rentals are also fairly popular, and you can find options throughout your city so you’re still close to everything. Their only draw-back is, if you are a large family, they only offer one parking spot, and street parking might not be a viable option for a second vehicle.

Kitchen in a rental apartment
Kitchen in a rental apartment

Rent an RV

Renting an RV gives you flexibility if you want your home in any location. This is the most convenient option if you have work that shifts locations frequently or want to travel while your home is renovated. You can also consider renting an RV and parking it in your front driveway to be close to your renovation, home, and neighbours.

Renting an RV is priced out per night and can be more cost-effective than renting an apartment. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that an RV has limited space in the kitchen, dining, and sleeping areas, and the necessity of a power and water hook-up can make living in an RV slightly more complicated than what some homeowners would prefer.

Living in an RV off grid while building a house

Vacation Rental

A vacation rental can take the form of an apartment or home, is usually well furnished, and focuses on the pleasures of life. If you want a home with a beautiful patio or an apartment that evokes a feeling of being only a street block away from the beach, a vacation rental could be the best option for you. 

The most convenient thing you’ll have with a vacation rental is that they are given out on a per-night schedule. So, if you need a place for only a few months, you won’t be bound to a six-month lease or anything inflexible.

Corporate Housing

Corporate housing is similar to renting an apartment, except these apartments come furnished and ready to go. You don’t have to go out and buy cutlery or a place to sit. You’ll have all the necessities, plus some beautiful furniture arrangements ready for you to enjoy.

Because the apartment comes furnished, their cost is usually slightly higher than an unfurnished apartment. However, corporate housing could be an excellent solution if you don’t want to bother with moving your home items in and out of storage.

Rental Homes

Rental homes are some of the most convenient ways to go about temporary housing while your home is under renovation. They have plenty of space and can make you feel like you’re in a home away from home while you wait for your renovations to be complete.

Choosing a rental home can be convenient, especially for larger families. However, it should be noted that the rent fee is usually higher for homes due to the difference in size.

Cost-effective Renting Options

Below are some cost breakdowns of renting a home versus an apartment and other properties in Toronto.

RentalCost in Toronto Per Month
Rental Apartment$2,100 - $3,350
RV$3,300 - $10,500
Vacation Rental$1,320 - $5,340
Corporate Housing$2,000 - $4,500
Rental Homes$3695 - $5555

If you’re going to go the route of rentals, I would recommend choosing one based on the size of your family. You can do well in a small apartment or corporate housing if you’re two people. Larger families, though, will like the space a rented home provides.

“Refer to your home’s reselling value when planning your budget. Limit your expenses in proportion to your home’s value,” said the National Bank of Canada.

Owning Options

If you are considering staging in an owned property, here are some of the most common owned properties to choose from:

  • Staying in an owned camper in the backyard
  • Staying in a tent in the backyard
  • Staying in a secondary house on your property or nearby

Staying in a Camper

Staying in a camper or RV that you own is one of the most convenient ways to stay comfortable while your home is being renovated. You can park your RV or camper in your home’s driveway, hook up the power and water hoses you need, and watch your home get renovated. This allows you an insider view as work on your home progresses, and you get to stay in the calm environment around your home for a smoother transition.

Staying in a Tent

This option is definitely the roughest out of the owning options, but it is viable. Staying in a tent in your backyard while your home is under renovation is similar to staying in an RV, except with less luxury. You won’t have access to a shower on the property, and your kitchen may be reduced to a BBQ or propane camper stove. But this option can work as a cost-effective solution, as you won’t have costs like rent.

Staying in a Secondary House

When considering where to stay during home renovation, a secondary home or guest house on the property or nearby can be one of the most comfortable solutions.  You don’t have to worry about rent, and you have all the luxuries of a home.

Out of all of my suggestions, this one is absolutely the best. If you have a secondary property that’s furnished and ready to go, staying there can make your renovation experience much more pleasant.

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Other Options

Other options to consider when finding temporary living accommodations are included below.

  • Extended-stay hotel
  • Stay with friends and family
  • Stay in a guest room

Extended-stay Hotel

An extended-stay hotel is an excellent way to enjoy your stay away from home. They offer flexible days so you can book your hotel room for exactly how long you need it. After you go out, the cleaning service will fix your bed and give you fresh towels, giving you less to worry about and more to indulge in.

Friends and Family

Staying with friends and family is another excellent way to save and stay in a comfortable environment. You get to be surrounded by those you know and enjoy all the comforts of home in a safe and supportive environment.

Pro Tip: Ensure that you don’t cause too much of an inconvenience to your friends and family by staying. You don’t want to cause strain on good relations. Always see if they need help keeping the home clean or preparing meals.

Guest Room

Renting a guest room in someone’s home is another way to cut costs when finding a place to stay when your home is being renovated by contractors like Renowell. You will have a room all to yourself and can access shared rooms like the kitchen and bathroom for cooking and cleaning purposes. This is suitable for 1-2 people who can manage having a smaller living space.

The only drawback of this is you can’t take much of your personal belongings with you, and you only have a single room all to yourself. However, this is typically cheaper than renting an apartment or home out entirely.

Guest room in apartment
Guest room in an apartment

Also read: The Cost of Renovation Per Square Foot

How to Save on Costs with Temporary Housing During Home Renovation

One of the best ways to save on costs when doing a home renovation in Mississauga or another area near Toronto is to either own your accommodations or stay with friends and family.

Owning your accommodations can reduce your renovation cost between $12,000 and $32,000 for a six-month renovation. This is more money in your pocket, peace of mind, and more funds that can go towards a high-quality renovation.

I always recommend staying in a place you own as opposed to a place that you will be renting. It’s an excellent way to save on costs and makes the renovation experience more enjoyable.

Staying with friends or family is another way to save on costs. It can also improve your relationship with those you stay with as long as you look for ways to improve the quality of life there.

What to do with Pets During Home Renovation

If you have pets and are trying to do a home renovation in Brampton or another area near Toronto, you will have to find pet-friendly accommodations for them. This can take the form of pet hotels or pet-friendly living areas. You may even be lucky enough to have friends who love pets, and can stay with them without having to send your beloved pet to a pet hotel.

My Experiences with Finding a Place to Stay During Home Renovation

In my experience with finding a place to stay during home renovation, I was lucky enough to plan my home renovation bit by bit so I could still stay onsite while most of the work took place. It was only when they were renovating the kitchen that I rented a furnished apartment for a few months. I know many homeowners will want to have their home renovation done as quickly as possible, which means moving out is the better option.

Ineffective Methods of Finding Where to Stay During Home Renovation

There are a few ineffective methods of finding where to stay during a home renovation, which I have listed below.

  • Booking long-term without flexibility regarding apartments. Apartments are known for having either 1-year, 6-month, or monthly leases. If your renovation dates don’t align, it can be challenging to book a place long-term without incurring a cancellation charge.
  • Waiting until the last minute to arrange accommodations. Arranging the perfect accommodations takes time. Always plan ahead and choose the best mix of comfort, location, and price when it comes to your accommodations.
  • Not setting a budget for accommodations. Accommodations can quickly become expensive if you’re not careful. Accounting for everything, like a security deposit, can help keep your budget in line.
  • Not factoring commute time with your new location. Choosing new accommodations far away from your home may also be a lengthy commute to your workplace, which can cause time management challenges. Always keep this in mind before choosing new accommodations.

Pro Tip: Always get a second opinion on your new accommodations before sticking to any one option. Friends, family, or a work colleague can sometimes provide helpful insight to improve your chosen accommodation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should you be home during a renovation?

No, you should not be home when your place is undergoing an entire home renovation. Too much work is going on, and you don’t want to interfere or delay the progress.


Finding accommodations while your home is under renovation doesn’t have to be a headache-inducing process. As long as you know the difference in cost and comfort between a rented, owned, or friend’s property, you can decide on the best place to stay while your home is transformed.

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Additional References:

  1. Statistica (2022.) Home improvement industry sales in Canada from 2010 to 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.statista.com/statistics/602413/home-improvement-sales-canada/ 
  2. IBIS World (2023.) Residential Renovation Expenditure. Retrieved from: https://www.ibisworld.com/ca/bed/residential-renovation-expenditure/15024/