As soon as you have a date booked in for your new kitchen renovation, there are several things you’ll need to do in preparation. Depending on the scale of the project, a kitchen renovation can take weeks, rendering the busiest room in the home out of action. It’s important to make preparations to ensure your family can eat and your belongings are protected.
As well as clearing the area and storing things away, you’ll also need to plan how to get by without a kitchen for a while. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prepare for a kitchen remodel that will make your life easier. Here are some tips.
Figure out what you want
Start by taking some time to think about how you currently use your kitchen. Do you cook often? Do you struggle with a lack of counter space? Is your kitchen used as a gathering place for family and friends? Are you making the most of the space available?
Reflect on what you like and dislike about your kitchen and prepare to answer these sorts of questions when you meet with your designer.
Set your budget
Setting a budget is key to ensuring that you get the most out of your kitchen renovation. It can also help you make important design decisions by limiting the enormous range of choice.
Start by writing a list of priorities, but stay flexible. There are plenty of affordable solutions out there that will save you money and still look great.
Hire a professional
Unless you’re planning to take on a DIY remodel yourself, you’ll need to hire a local contractor like Blenheim Bathrooms to carry out your kitchen renovation. They will become your go-to contact throughout the process.
Once you’ve been given a start date, you can begin the clearing-out process. We recommend taking a couple of days to completely pack up your kitchen before the remodel begins. Your contractor will be able to estimate the duration of the project, so you can prepare accordingly.
Set up a temporary place to eat
With your kitchen out of action, you may need to create a temporary kitchen or cooking area elsewhere in the house. It’s useful to bring a camping stove, microwave, toaster, washing-up bowl and kettle to cover the basics.
Plan simple meals and stock up on foods that are easy to prepare. You may wish to cut down the amount of washing up by buying some eco-friendly disposable crockery and utensils.
Build eating out into the budget
It’s a good idea to factor in the occasional takeaway and meal out during your renovation, bearing in mind that you won’t have access to a working stove or dishwasher. Preparing meals can be arduous, especially if you are feeding a family. It’ll also give you a break from the chaos.
Prepare for noise and dust
When the renovation starts, prepare for a fair amount of noise, dust and disruption. Empty your cupboards and drawers and store things away, but keep the items you need on a daily basis in a separate box for easy access.
Remove curtains, blinds and anything else that you don’t want to get dirty or damaged. There may be drilling, so remove pictures and other decorative items from the walls.
Arrange to go away for a few days to break up the disruption if you can. If you’ve been planning a holiday, now is the ideal time to take it.
Store things away
Remodelling is incredibly dusty. Avoid making a mess of your upholstery and other items by boxing up what you can and covering the rest with plastic wrap or old sheets. This will make cleaning up far easier once the work is finished. Remove all mats and rugs from the floor to keep them dust-free and avoid tripping hazards.
Make allowances for children and pets
Being curious by nature, children and animals will need to be kept from the construction zone for their safety. There will be intermittent noise throughout the day: something to bear in mind if you have a young child who needs to take regular naps. Pets can also become distressed by loud noises.
Relocate all pet bowls around one week before the project is due to start to give them time to adjust. If your pet is easily stressed, you may want to consider finding somewhere else for them to stay during your remodel.
Frequently asked questions
How often should you remodel your kitchen?
Kitchens are one of the most heavily used rooms in the home. On average, homeowners remodel their kitchens every 10-15 years, but there’s nothing to say it can’t be sooner.
People often renovate in order to:
- Repair damage
- Update kitchen style
- Create more space
- Increase resale value
- Improve air quality*
*Old kitchens sometimes contain pressed wood products made with formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals.
How long does a kitchen renovation take?
This all depends on the size of your kitchen and the scale of your renovations. At Blenheim Bathrooms, the average kitchen remodel takes 2-3 weeks to complete. Structural updates, plumbing and electrics can all add to the timeline.
Should I remodel my kitchen before selling?
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most valuable rooms in the house. Remodelling your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make in your home, whether it’s for personal use or resale.
If you are selling a home with an older kitchen, buyers will factor this into what the home is worth. Some buyers want to buy fixer-uppers, but most want a home that’s in move-in condition. This doesn’t mean you have to tear everything out and start from scratch, but a minor remodel could be a good investment.
Remodelling your kitchen can be disruptive, but remember not to lose sight of the bigger picture. When the dust has settled, you will have a kitchen that you really love and that will last for many years to come.