Your kitchen is one of the most used areas in the house and is very hard to survive without. You may lose the use of it for a long time if you decide on renovating it, so make sure that you are properly prepared for the process. These tips will help you with a list of ideas for how to cope without a kitchen and how to make sure that all the work goes smoothly.
Be ready for increases in time required and budget
Estimations are never exact and you should be ready for the work to need more money or time, so you should always plan to budget more time and money than you think the work will need. Plan for the kitchen to be out of order for a few weeks.
Make sure the contractor has all the paperwork
Your local government may require the contractor to obtain permits, make sure they take care of this and that they have the permits before they start work. Get a timeline from them to know when the demolition will start and what the payment schedule is.
Clear out your kitchen
Start early, maybe a week before work is due to start, and begin clearing out your kitchen. Take this opportunity to get rid of items you do not use or need and then pack away the items that are used in very rare cases and label the boxes clearly so you know where to find them after work is finished. Transfer your essential kitchen supplies to the area where you are going to set up your temporary kitchen.
Prepare the furniture
Cover all furniture near the kitchen area with plastic or old cloth sheets and secure these with tape. This will keep your furniture clean and make cleaning the area easier once all the work is finished.
Setting up the temporary kitchen
You should set up the temporary kitchen in an area that has plenty of power outlets for the appliances. You can also get hold of disposable plates and cutlery to make cleaning up after a meal easier. You may need a microwave, toaster, coffee maker and hot plate and these may be sufficient for the time it takes to renovate your kitchen.
With these tips you should be able to minimize some of the inconvenience that a kitchen remodel can cause. You should always be well prepared and make sure that you reduce the strain on you and your family.