4 Tips for Surviving a Complete Kitchen Remodel

Posted on: 12 January 2017

Remodeling an outdated kitchen is typically a great investment, but if you have never experienced a kitchen remodel before, you may not know what to expect. While the results are usually well worth it, the remodeling process can be frustrating and stressful. Use the following tips to survive your kitchen remodel.

Give Yourself Ample Time to Pack

Most full kitchen remodels involve replacing the existing cabinets, so all of your dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, and kitchen appliances will need to be packed and put away until the remodel is completed and you can put things in your new cabinets and drawers. Most people do not realize how much stuff they actually have in their kitchen, and they underestimate how long it will take to pack properly. Give yourself time to pack up so you can stay organized and prevent any glass items from breaking.

Have a Plan for a Temporary Kitchen

Depending on the scope of your remodel, it can be weeks before your kitchen is completed and you can use it regularly again. In the meantime, you will need a small temporary kitchen to get you through the remodel. In a separate area of your house, set up a coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, and toaster. You may also want to consider adding a slow cooker and electric skillet if you would like to eat at home more often. Don't forget to stock up on disposable plates, cups, and cutlery.

Control the Mess

Many people are very surprised when they see how messy a kitchen demolition can be. As countertops are ripped up and old cabinets are removed, a ton of dust and debris will be in the air. Prior to the demolition, make sure your contractor has suspended thick plastic sheets to help keep all of the dust and debris from the demolition inside the kitchen. The carpet surrounding the kitchen should also be covered with plastic or a drop cloth. Even with protective measures, the demolition of a kitchen can make the whole house dusty, so stock up on microfiber cloths and feather dusters.

Plan to Spend Time Out of the House

One of the best things you can do during a kitchen remodel is spend as much time out of the house as possible. When you know that your contractor will be working on your kitchen, make plans to partake in an activity or spend time with friends. A kitchen remodel will be a lot less stressful when you don't have to listen to all of the noise associated with it.