Preparing to Remodel Your Kitchen

A kitchen remodel is one of the most extensive interior remodeling projects you will ever dream of taking on. Whether you want to do it on your own or you plan to hire contractors, you are guaranteed to have a significant interruption to your routine. You will need to get used to life without using your kitchen, a constant flow of unfamiliar faces into your home, lots of noise and dust for the next several weeks. However, if you plan adequately, remodeling your kitchen can be pretty quick and painless.

First of all, you must prepare yourself to be totally inconvenienced. You can be sure that there will be some surprises to pop up, so make sure you have budgeted plenty of money, energy, and time to make this project successful. Understand that you are going to be without your kitchen for a few weeks before you’ll be able to enjoy it again.

Before getting started, you will want to make sure you clarify things with your contractor. You will want to figure out who is responsible for getting the permits, when the demolition is scheduled to begin and how to arrange for payment, also make sure not to disturb your plumbing or you\’ll be paying for a brand new sump pump installation to boot.

About a week before the remodel is to start, begin going through your kitchen and throw out or give away those things that you don’t use anymore. Then, pack up those items that you rarely use in boxes or plastic bins and label them clearly to make the unpacking process much easier. When the day arrives to get started, you should have little to nothing left in the kitchen. Anything that is still there should be easily moved to where you plan to set up a temporary kitchen.

Take down all non-permanent fixtures including curtains, shelves, blinds, wall hangings, and light fixtures. Also, you will want to take down anything that is on the nearby walls- the vibrations could result in these things falling and breaking.

The large items near the kitchen should be covered with an old sheet or plastic drop cloth and then secured with painters tape. This will make it easier to clean up and will keep your furniture protected.

You’ll need to have another area in your home to set up a temporary kitchen. Make sure that you have a workspace and some outlets available and remember that you’ll likely have to wash the dishes in your bathroom.

Have some coupons available for local restaurants so you can go out when you’re tired of your temporary kitchen. Or, use the construction as an excuse to cook out.

Find a place to store the worker’s supplies in your kitchen if possible. Most of the time, the Winnipeg heating and cooling companies have an off-site place for storage, but it helps them if you have a place to store them.

Maintain clear communication between the workers and your family. Have a notebook or dry erase board where messages can be left if you’re not going to be seeing each other during the day.