Top Tips and Tricks for Surviving Your Kitchen Remodel
The plans have been finalized, the materials have been picked out and ordered, the date is set. There is only one thing left to do- prepare your home! Getting your home ready for a kitchen remodel is no simple task. It takes time and a bit of effort. However, if you know just what to do and how to do it, your home will be remodel ready and leave you a little less stressed.
Tell the neighbors
If you are planning a larger job that may be creating excess noise, additional construction vehicles and contractors coming in and out of your neighborhood, you may want to let your neighbors know, especially if you are in a gated community or if the homes are closer together. A little conversation can alleviate the possibility of complaints down the road.
Create a Temporary Kitchen
The biggest headache with a kitchen remodel is the lack of use you will have in your kitchen. To alleviate this issue, you can easily create a temporary kitchen. Make space in a dining room or family room for a table or two. Utilize small electrics for dinner. A crock pot or hot plate can be you and your family’s best friend during a kitchen remodel. Another useful item could be a small fridge for storing necessities. The idea is to simplify so focus on the necessities. Preparation is key here. Plan meals in advance and this can be a major help.
Clean Out Cabinets
You will need to clean out all of your cabinets prior to a kitchen remodel. This is a great way to get rid of anything outdated or give away items you don’t use anymore. You should get some clear plastic bins to store your items in so you can easily see and find them and when in a covered bin, they will not collect dust or debris from the remodeling process. Pick an out of the way yet accessible place to store items you may still need. A dining room is a great place to house your kitchen cabinet contents during the remodel.
Stock Up On Disposables
Let’s face it; most of us can’t go out to eat every night. To reduce some of the stress in preparing food and eating in a temporary kitchen, you should stock up on disposable dinnerware. Paper plates and bowls and plastic utensils and cups will be very welcoming during a remodel when you have limited access to a sink or dishwasher. If you are concerned about the environment and aren’t too keen on disposables, there are many recycled and biodegradable options available at your grocery store.
Your kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be stressful. If you plan in advance and properly prepare your home, you will be able to live worry free while the kitchen of your dreams is being created. You will look back on this time and hopefully remember the excitement and anticipation leaving the worries and stress out of sight.