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Ways to Make Your Kitchen Project Go Smoothly
Okay, You have taken the plunge, your design is finished, contracts signed and cabinets ordered. What should you do to prepare for your remodel project? Here is a handy checklist you can use to help keep your new kitchen project running as smooth as possible, from start to finish.
Before Construction Begins
1. Establish a time-line with your kitchen specialist or contractor. Get a sense of what will happen and when. Be sure to build in some “slippage time” to allow for some unforeseen challenges.
2. Make a list of the sub contractors and their employees that will be involved in your project. Be certain that they are licensed and insured. If possible meet the key personnel in advance.
3. Ask your contractor if demolition will start before the new cabinets arrive. I usually wait until the products are delivered to our warehouse prior to any work in the home. This avoids any increase in time that your kitchen is torn up due to shipping issues (storms, accidents, etc.)
4. When the cabinets arrive, where are they stored? Find out in advance if you need to create a staging space or if your Kitchen specialist has a warehouse to store them until they are ready to install.
The team is in place, all of your questions have been answered, you are ready to go! What's next?
Physical Preparation
1. Gather up some sturdy boxes or inexpensive storage containers to store your cabinets contents. Now is a great time to apply the 6 month rule to kitchen gadgets and cook ware,etc. If you have not used it in 6 months - toss it! (holiday items are exempt, of course)
2. Remove pictures,mirrors, fragile items and other items from adjacent walls that may be affected by vibration from construction.
3. Assemble a remodeling survival kit- paper plates,cups, plastic cutlery, paper towels.
4. Relocate your coffee maker, microwave and toaster oven to another room on a temporary table.
Maintain Your Sanity
1. Seal adjoining areas with plastic sheeting, cover what can not be moved and protect the floors that are not to be replaced.
2. Avoid storing appliances and furniture in adjoining rooms as this just disrupts more of your home Use the garage or if needed a storage facility.
3. Designate in advance what bathroom the contractor can use and what is off limits
4. Request that the contractors store their tools neatly and sweep the work area at the end of each day.
You Still Have To Eat
1. Stockpile microwave meals, soups, cereals, etc.
2. Collect coupons from local restaurants. Now is a good time to try that new spot downtown.
3. Cook some meals in advance that can be re-heated
4. Grill, grill, grill!
Your kitchen project should be an exciting adventure not a frustrating experience. Hopefully if you use these guidelines you can avoid some pitfalls and enjoy the ride!