You’ve probably seen home improvement projects done on television. The homeowners talk about their kitchen’s shortcomings and what they’d like to change the most. Then, in a few seconds, the demolition begins — and ends — leaving a blank space. It’s what happens in those few seconds that are key to prepare a kitchen for remodeling
. As you might quickly conclude, there’s a lot that’s being left on the editing room floor.
When you take on a kitchen remodel, you’ll find that it’s more than just work. There’s a lot of patience needed to get through the project because you’ll be without the many conveniences it provides every day. Just a few days in, you’ll undoubtedly miss how much function it provides.
Tampa Kitchen Remodeling Prep Tips
To get through the project a bit quicker, you’ll need to prepare the space the right way. You’ll not only need to demo the space, but also, get organized. This is the perfect opportunity to purge what you don’t use or no longer want
. It’s also an ideal time to go through your garage — because this is where you’ll temporarily relocate your kitchen. While it won’t be as functional or comfortable, it will work enough to get you through to the finish.
Before starting your kitchen renovation, discuss your plans with a local building inspection department, obtain all the necessary permits, understand and follow relevant building codes and schedule the required inspections. Obviously, you should allow ample time for kitchen renovation. Otherwise, you’ll be tempted to move too fast, sacrificing safety and risking exhaustion. —Lowes.com
Speaking of the garage, this is where your kitchen remodel will start. So, go through your garage and sort things out. Your goal is to get rid of as much as possible. You can sell and donate items and then junk the rest. You’ll need enough space to put your microwave, refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. These can all be used in the garage to prepare meals while the kitchen is under construction. Once you’ve relocated the appliances, then, do the following:
- Gather supplies together. You’ll need boxes, newspaper, packing tape, and markers. Empty every cabinet, the pantry, and every other storage space. Box like items together and mark each one to make unpacking easier.
- Box canned goods. Once all the flatware and utensils are boxed up, do the same with canned goods. Since you’ll probably use these, put like items together and leave the lid open for easy access.
- Purge as much as you can. Now is the time to get rid of things you don’t use. Bag and box these items for disposal and put them in the trash.
- Remove any decor. Take down window treatments, knickknacks, pictures, and any other decor. Put these out of the way and/or dispose of what you no longer want to keep.
- Cover furniture and fixtures in adjacent rooms. Use old sheets to cover furniture and fixtures that might get covered with dust. You can also tape a sheet of plastic along the entry and exit to minimize dust and debris.
Once the kitchen is emptied, it’s time to start the demolition. Begin with cabinets and then move onto the countertops. When you’re ready to rid yourself of the remodeling demolition debris, give us a call at 800-433-1094 or click over to AAA Rousse
. We serve all of Tampa and have a location near you — whether you’re near TIA, International Mall, Busch Gardens, downtown, or elsewhere — just give us a ring.