Remodeling Tips

Use our handy checklist to ensure a smooth remodeling process!

Preparation

  • Before the cabinets and appliances arrive, choose a safe, enclosed area for them to be delivered to. The garage is a good location, so make sure things are cleared out by the day the delivery is scheduled to arrive. Decide in advance where you’d like the installers to store their tools, as they will need a place for them while the project is underway.
  • 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. Although we try to be cautious, beware that the vibrations from construction could cause damage.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Keep them safely away from construction, preferably at a friend or neighbor’s house. Construction can be upsetting for them, so maybe this is a good time to treat your pet to a vacation?

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!

Packing

Pack up the kitchen well before the remodeling begins. This is a great time to have spring cleaning or to donate unwanted things. Don’t forget to label your boxes well to make unpacking easier after the kitchen remodeling is done.

Mark fragile items and store them in an area away from the construction.

Dining During Construction

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 microwaveable meals.
  • A “kitchen sink.” Consider where your water source will be in relation to your temporary kitchen. Stock up on bottled water and/or paper plates and cups. Otherwise, you could wash dishes in the bathtub.
  • 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.

 

Do you have questions about the process or anything discussed? Every job is different; therefore we cannot say how long it will take for you to get through project completion. We will make sure to do it within the time frame promised.

It’s best to get an in-home consultation, so schedule one today by calling 215-392-4584 or contact us to inquire.

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