Column: Tips to prepare for a kitchen remodel
Many homeowners are as nervous as they are excited about beginning a new remodeling project. Inconvenience, messiness and disruptions can sometimes be a very real part of a remodel; this is especially true of kitchen projects. The kitchen generally functions as the center of the home. Everything from meal preparation, to clean up, to hosting guests is done in the kitchen. While the Affordable Companies works unbelievably hard to make the experience as stress-free as possible, some difficulties are unavoidable simply due to the nature of construction. That said, there are a few preparations and strategies you can implement to make the remodeling process go a little more smoothly for your family.
Organization is key to living in the midst of a home remodeling project. You must clear everything from the countertops, cabinets, walls and other places where personal items may get in the way of construction. All of the items currently stored in the kitchen have to go somewhere else during construction. It’s a good idea to pack these items in clearly labeled boxes and store them in an easy to access place. That way, you’ll be able to find the things you need quickly.
Food preparation is likely going to be the most difficult part of your kitchen remodel. First, choose a new area to house your refrigerator. You may not have access to your oven or stovetop. To compensate, you might have to rely on microwaved, grilled or slow-cooked meals for a while. Consider preparing and freezing dishes that you can eat later. Make small shopping trips so that you don’t have to worry about spoiled food. You may also want to stock up on plastic silverware, plates and cups to make cleanup easier.
If you ever have any questions about how to prepare for the work, you should contact someone as soon as possible, so there are no surprises along the way. Every company has a different process for prepping homeowners for construction. At the Affordable Companies, our project managers compile a daily schedule to keep you updated on the entire process, and are always available by phone or email to answer questions. For more information, visit our company’s website for informative videos on our process for kitchen remodels.
Remember, the inconveniences that inevitably come with construction are only temporary. Try to remain positive during the process. In the end, you’ll have a beautiful, updated kitchen that’s certain last much longer than the construction phase ever could.