The kitchen is one of the most common remodels for many homeowners. Perhaps this is because the kitchen offers a plethora of options when it comes to remodeling. Your project can be as simple as sanding and staining the cabinets to complex projects like changing the island, the counter and floor. Either way, you have to prepare well for the remodeling procedure to avoid any inconveniences.
Before you start following our preparation guide, remember that your preparation should be relative to your renovations. For instance, you won’t have to disconnect the gas plumbing or remove your dishwasher if all you want to do is replace the island countertop.
Find a Way to Replace the Missing Kitchen
Since the kitchen is one of the most frequented places in the house, you have to know exactly how long the renovations will take so that you can estimate how many days you have to keep off the kitchen. Major renovations that render the kitchen unsafe for regular use might force you to move out for a couple of days or make you order all your meals.
Short one-day projects, on the other hand, will have you start out early and work hard to finish by early afternoon giving room to clean up the kitchen in time for dinner.
Either way, look for a way to keep your meals flowing during the renovation process. Some creative ideas include:
- Secure portable cookers like slow cookers, toasters, and even a mini-fridge. Such equipment will let you fix quick meals without using the kitchen
- Stock your pantry with disposable utensils
- Stack nonperishable snacks and ready to eat foods
- Leave town for a couple of days if you can
Secure Fixtures and Fittings
Once you have figured out how you will keep your stomach full during the renovation, you can start worrying about fixtures and fittings in the kitchen. Strip down the kitchen as much as you can.
- Remove utensils from the kitchen so that they don’t catch dust
- Disconnect gas pipes, drain pipes and water pipes from different appliances in the kitchen
- Pull out any appliances that you can move. The fridge, microwave, and dishwashers fall into this category
- Pull out fixtures like door and cabinet knobs, faucets and lamp shades
If you cannot handle all the preparations on your own, talk to your kitchen renovator and have them help you prepare the kitchen. It might cost you some extra bucks but it is worth it especially if you are doing major renovation since your expensive appliances won’t be at risk if they are out of the way.
Get the Necessary Paperwork
Ensuring that you have the necessary permits for your renovations could save you a lot of frustration in future. Even though the permits might sound like an extra cost or inconvenience, you will keep on the right side of the law. Moreover, if you intend to sell your house in the near future, the home inspector will want to see your renovation permits before he or she can factor in the value such renovations added to your home.
In some cases, your mortgage provider home insurer will also insist on seeing the right permits before allowing you to do different renovations on your home.
Your preparations have to be functional and legal. Focus on safeguarding your equipment and fixtures from the renovation dirt or dust, prepare your family for the inconveniences of a missing kitchen and ensure you have the right paperwork for the renovation. It is up to you to decide how much you have to do to achieve these goals.