How To Prepare For A Kitchen Remodel
Preparing for a kitchen remodel can be an overwhelming process, due to the wide variety of different steps that need to be taken and the sheer number of things that need to be done.
In order to make this as quick and painless as possible for you, we have put together eight steps that will allow you to get everything set up, so the contractors can get to work.
1. Get All Your Supplies Together
Your supplies will consist of newspapers, boxes, packing tape, packing materials, masking tape, along with quart size and gallon size storage bags and markers which will be used to indicate certain things during the process.
2. Remove Items from The Kitchen
Remove things like glasses and microwaves and coffee makers, along with other valuable objects that you do not want to see damaged or broken. Instead, use disposable cups and plates, and make sure to have cleaning supplies on hand, which will make this whole process a lot easier and a lot less stressful.
3. Take the Items You Use Infrequently
Take items such as holiday plates and bowls, along with valuable glasses and dishes, and pack them into boxes that are labeled and separate from the kitchen.
4. Grab the Items You Do Not Use Anymore and Set Them Aside for Donation
During this preparation process, it does not hurt to find the items you do not use anymore and to set them aside for donation. Not only are you giving back to your community, but, depending on how much you donate, it can be a substantial tax write-off which will take off some of the stress you may have had about affording the remodeling.
5. Pack Silverware and Other Utensils Away in Labeled Bags and Boxes
By doing this, you ensure two things. One, that they will not be damaged or lost in the chaos of what is going on. Two, that you can easily find them once again and put them back in their rightful place. Ideally, you will be labeling everything so that, when you need to put everything back, it is a painless and easy process. For general silverware – excluding silverware that is valuable – you can put it in labeled plastic bags and it will be fine.
6. Take Your Glassware and Dinnerware and Pack Them Carefully
In the shuffle and chaos of remodeling, it is very easy for these items to become damaged. That is why it is important to pack them using bubble wrap or newspaper. Use a material that ensures they will be safe and sound while all of this is going on. Do not forget to label them, too, so that you know which is which!
7. Pull Down Curtain Blinds and Rods as Well As Any Other Wall Decorations
It is easy for these items to become damaged, and they can easily become a nuisance due to all of the stuff that is going on. By taking it down, you insure that they will not get damaged, and that it will be easier for the contractors to work and to remodel your kitchen the way you want it to look.
8. Make Sure to Keep Your Pets – And Young Children – Away from The Work Area
This is an important step because the work area is very chaotic, and it can be dangerous to pets and young children. There is a lot going on, and it is not any place for pets/children due to the sheer chaos of it all. Make sure to put your pets somewhere safe and to watch your children while all of this is going on.