Use our handy checklist to ensure a smooth remodeling process:
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Before the cabinets arrive, choose a
safe, enclosed area for your cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. The
garage is generally a good location.
Decide in advance where you’d like
the installers to store their tools.
Dust…there’s just no way to avoid
it! If you have a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the
workspace, make sure they are well covered.
Use plastic sheeting and tape to
seal off doorways into other rooms.
Move all pictures, mirrors, and
furniture away from the walls of adjacent rooms—vibrations from the construction
could cause damage.
Don’t forget about your pets! If
there isn’t an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction,
especially during certain phases, it may be the perfect time to treat your pet
to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend’s home.
As a fond farewell to your old
kitchen, spend some time in it. Cook family favorites and throw them in the
freezer…you’ll thank yourself later!
Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom)
well before the remodeling begins. While it’s a great time to “spring clean”
your shelves, don’t forget to label your boxes well. This will make the
unpacking process a lot easier.
Items that are fragile should be
marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
If you’re remodeling your bathroom,
pretend you’re going on a trip—keep hairdryers, toothpaste, and face wash
In the weeks before the work begins,
keep a list of all the restaurants you’ve been meaning to try. When the
microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
Plan a location outside of the
remodeling area to act as your temporary kitchen. Make sure that it includes:
A refrigerator. Small, dorm-type units often work best and often have
freezer spaces for storing frozen dinners.
The microwave. Don’t forget to stock up on microwave-safe dishes and
A “kitchen sink.” Consider where your water source will be in relation to your
temporary kitchen. Stock up on bottled water. You may need to wash dishes in the
bathtub—make sure you keep cleaning supplies, trash bags, and dish towels handy.
The coffee maker. Keep filters and coffee close at hand.
Utility utensils. Don’t pack away everyday items like can openers, sharp knives,
and bottle openers.
A dining area. Set up a table for eating and food preparation, preferably near
your microwave and fridge.
The essentials. Tell your kids you’re picnicking…use paper plates, napkins, and
disposable silverware. Ordinary items like condiments, cereal, and salt and
pepper should be easily accessible.