October 21, 2017


This checklist is helpful for those preparing for the inevitable disruption remodel projects can bring.

  • Prior to enjoying the pleasures of your new kitchen, there is the process of the remodeling construction that can bring with it some challenges.
  • In a fond farewell to your old kitchen, spend some time in it, cooking. Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer. You’ll thank yourself later.
  • In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all of those restaurants you’ve been meaning to try. When the microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
  • Pack up the kitchen well before the cabinets arrive. While it’s a great time to spring clean your shelves, don’t forget to label the storage boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier and a lot more fun!
  • Plan to create a temporary kitchen and to relocate a refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker for use during construction.
  • You may be able to temporarily move everything you need…except the kitchen sink. Consider where your water source will be in relation to your temporary kitchen.
  • Arrange an eating area.
  • Keep utility utensils nearby such as: can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives and microwavable plates.
  • Keep daily use staples available: butter, ketchup, salt and pepper, spices.
  • Tell the kids you’re picnicking…use paper plates, napkins and disposable silverware.
  • Remember cleaning supplies and dishtowels.
  • Don’t forget about Fido & Kitty! If there isn’t an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction – especially during certain phases – it may be a perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation with family or a play date at a friend’s home.
  • Decide on where you’d like the installers to store their tools. Make sure it is in a locked area.
  • Dust…there’s just no way to avoid it. If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the work, remember to keep them well covered.
  • Before the cabinets arrive, prepare a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. Usually a garage is a good location.

Good Luck and Enjoy Your New Kitchen!

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