But if I understand everything correctly from this morning's seminar (run by a certified lead expert), once the sanding / scraping part of the job is done, we are legally allowed to live in the affected areas again. Pam would have to have her guys clean everything thoroughly before we moved back in, which is some extra work for them, of course, and I'm guessing would cost us something. But not living there will cost us something too. An extra move is at least a thousand dollars, and then there's a couple of months' rent in a two-bedroom in the area. I think we'd save at least $5000 by moving into the house in mid-August, instead of waiting 'til mid-October or mid-November. Possibly closer to $10K.
According to our timeline, between May 15 - August 15, Pam's folks should do the following: demolition, backfill and excavation, more than one pour (concrete), subfloor and framing and windows, paint exterior, rough plumbing / electrical / roofing, HVAC, insulation, (flooring, drywall, duroc) tub & shower surrounds.
From Aug 15 onwards, there's tiling / paint interior (we're allowed to do painting after move-in, according to lead paint guy, as long as the sanding/scraping/cleaning part is completed first), doors, trims, setting in kitchen, cabinetry in baths, staining and varnishing, finish floors, other finishes (granite, glass, etc.).
We need to decide what we're doing pretty much this week. If we're moving into the house in mid-August, then we'll move most of our stuff into the house's basement, then take a few suitcases and go live with Daniel and Anne from June 19 - Aug 15, taking over their attic. If the timetable slips by a week or two, it won't be a big deal -- we can stay there a little longer. But if we're definitely not going to be in the house for six months, then we'll try hard to find a six-month rental. I'm not sure why two months of living with Daniel and Anne seems reasonable, but six months feels insane -- I don't really have a logical reason to back that up. Maybe just that we lived with them for two months last summer? I don't know, but there it is. I find myself deeply unwilling to move into their attic for a planned six months -- the idea makes me crazy. But doing another whole move into a six month rental also makes me kind of crazy. Argh.
So those of you who have been through renovations, what do you think? I'll ask Pam, of course, but does it seem reasonable to you that they'd be done with the sanding / scraping part by Aug 15, given the task lists above? The idea is that they'd clean and then block off the third floor for our use when we moved in, essentially finishing that part of the project. Then they'd contain it with plastic shielding, and we'd stay up there when we were home. There'd be two bedrooms, a large playroom, and a full bath on the third floor. That's mostly going to be new construction, so much less concern about lead paint dust up there, and the bath that's there, we're not changing much at all, so no new shower / tub / etc. stuff to worry about in there.
I feel like we should be on one of those reality TV shows on HGTV, about home purchases / renovations that just go wacky and strange. But maybe that's true of all of them?