Kitchen renovation preparation plays a very important role in your home improvement project. In fact, it will be a big factor in how the project starts and flows through to completion. When you go through a kitchen makeover, you’ll surely greatly appreciate all its usual conveniences. This is what makes a kitchen remodel so challenging, because it’s disrupting, to say the least. Only a few days into the process, you’ll miss its wonderful function. But, if you know a few useful kitchen renovation preparation tips, you’ll be ready to handle the transition.
What to Know about Kitchen Remodeling
The key to any kitchen remodel is to relocate the most important fixtures so you don’t have to completely do without. That’s going to be difficult because the kitchen is the single most utilized room in practically any house. It’s here where meals are prepared and not for just breakfast and dinner. Many homeowners also make and pack lunches. Plus, the kitchen serves as the centralized hub of the home, where most people spend time.
“Think of a kitchen remodel the same way you would think about partaking in a weight loss program: no matter what anyone tells you, it’s not happening overnight. Your patience will be tested; you’ll consider cutting corners that aren’t worth cutting. Weeks will go by where it seems like no progress is being made. You will find yourself missing things you never gave two thoughts to in the past. Of course, when you’ve endured and survived the many weeks it will take to reach your goal, your friends, family and neighbors will be unbelievably impressed with the new look.” —Kitchens.com
First, decide where you’ll relocate your kitchen fixtures. Even if you are replacing the appliances, the existing appliances will still be of good use. The basic concept is to set up a temporary kitchen in another room or part of the house, like the garage or back porch (one preferably with a sink nearby).
Useful Kitchen Renovation Preparation Tips
After relocating the necessary appliances, follow these useful kitchen renovation preparation tips:
- Move non-perishables. Wherever you relocate the kitchen appliances, this is the spot to move non-perishables. Now is a good time to check expiration and use-by dates and to take a quick inventory of what you have stored in the pantry.
- Purge whatever you can. It’s also a great time to purge what you don’t use or no longer need. Just like the closets and other storage areas in the house, there’s probably a considerable amount of wasted space. You don’t necessarily have to throw everything away, you can sell, donate, and give away items you don’t need or don’t use anymore.
- Begin to empty the refrigerator. This is best done prior to actually moving the appliance but if you’re able, start to eat any leftovers as well as frozen foods. Although it will be an odd experience, you should try to keep as little food in the refrigerator so it doesn’t go bad while you’re busy with the remodel.
- Take down all the kitchen decor. All the kitchen decor must go. You might want to replace it with new decor to match the new look. Whatever the case, it’s got to be taken out of the space so it isn’t broken during the renovation.
- Hang plastic, cover furniture and fixtures. Hang plastic between the kitchen and other rooms to help mitigate the spread of dust and debris. In addition, it’s a good idea to cover the furniture and fixtures in other adjacent rooms.
If you are considering selling your home or buying a property and want to know more about which home improvements really pay off, then contact me. I’m happy to let you know and help you in any way we can be of service.