Surviving A Remodel
If this is a remodeling project on a room such as your kitchen or bathroom, rather than new construction, we created this list of great tips to help you get prepared and make it as easy as possible:
- Decide in advance where you'd like the installers to keep their tools.
- Before the cabinets, countertops, sinks, etc. arrive – decide on a safe enclosed area to put them upon delivery. Usually the garage is a good location.
- Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the remodel. Label storage boxes to make the unpacking process much easier. Items that are fragile should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
- Plan a location outside of the remodeling area that can act as a temporary kitchen. Consider where your "water source" will be in relation to your temporary kitchen.
- Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer where they'll be ready for the microwave in your temporary kitchen.
- Keep the coffee maker and filters close at hand.
- Keep basics handy—salt and pepper, favorite spices, butter, utility utensils like a pizza cutter, can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, microwavable dishes, etc.
- Keep stock of paper towels, dishtowels and cleaning supplies.
- 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.
- If it's a bathroom remodel, pretend you're packing to go on a trip.