Kitchen Remodel Checklist

Kitchen Remodel Checklist

Installing new kitchen cabinets requires a lot of planning. You’ll need to do careful measurements of your kitchen space in addition to determining exactly how many cabinets you will need. Once you’ve determined this, you can order your cabinets. However, you’re not quite done as far as preparation is concerned. The following is a kitchen remodel checklist that will help ensure that your kitchen is ready for your cabinet installation:

1. Remove old cabinets if necessary

If you’re replacing your old cabinets or shelving, then you’ll want to have them removed before your new cabinets arrive. If you don’t have any experience with breaking down and removing things like cabinetry, you may want someone to come in and do it for you. If you’re hiring a professional to put together your RTA cabinets and to install them, they will generally be able to do this step for you as well.

2. Perform any necessary plumbing or electric work

Make sure that any plumbing or electrical work that needs to be done is done ahead of time so that you don’t end up having to cut into any of your new cabinets after they’ve been installed in order to move pipes or wiring. If any plumbing or electric work needs to be done, you’ll want to contact a professional plumber and/or electrician beforehand.

3. Do a thorough cleaning of the kitchen

First of all, your kitchen is going to get messy once you begin removing old shelving and cabinets to make way for your new ones. Don’t just leave the mess with the thought that you might as well just wait until everything is completely finished to clean up. You won’t want dirt and debris getting caught under your new cabinets once they are installed. Clean up right away and keep cleaning throughout the whole process. If you keep cleaning from the beginning through to the end, you won’t have a giant mess on your hands after the installation is complete to take care of.

4. Clear the kitchen

Besides cleaning your kitchen, you should clear it as well. Obviously, you’ll need to remove everything from your old cabinets and shelves before they are taken down. But you also won’t want to leave anything exposed since there’s likely going to be some dust and debris flying around during the installation. Put everything away so that there’s nothing sitting on your counters, shelves, or nearby kitchen table.

Additionally, you will want to remove any decor you have on your walls. During the installation of your new cabinets, the vibrations in the walls could cause items hanging from your walls to drop down. To prevent potential damage, take your wall decor down and store it in another room until your kitchen remodel is complete.

5. Prepare for assembly and installation

If you plan on assembling your cabinets and installing them on your own, you will need to make sure that you will have all the tools that you need. Fortunately, you won’t need highly specialized tools if you are ordering RTA cabinets. But keep in mind that some experience is going to help. Even if you manage to put together the cabinets on your own, installation is going to be a little trickier. Those who have no remodeling or carpentry experience may want to have a professional assemble or at least install your cabinets to make sure it’s done properly and safely.

Use this checklist to make sure you’re ready to install your new kitchen cabinets. For information about our Conestoga RTA cabinets, contact us at Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.