Tip No. 1: It's going to get messy
(but it's worth it!)
your kitchen is a sure-fire way to increase your home's value.
You'll love your new kitchen. Guests will be wowed. Potential
buyers may be willing to up their offer based on the beauty of
your new kitchen.
But here's the dirty secret of kitchen remodeling:
There will be men in your kitchen for a few weeks, sometimes even
Many people who have remodeled their kitchens prefer to forget
this secret when they are giving the grand tour of their new space.
This is a necessary evil with kitchen remodels, however, and kitchen
contractors tend to be sensitive to how they are upsetting the
daily flow. They won't leave you without water or access to your
kitchen for days on end.
"If you know what to expect before the contractors step through
the door, you will be better equipped to deal with the unavoidable
inconveniences of a kitchen remodel," says Craig Smith of ServiceMagic.com,
a Web site that helps homeowners connect with prescreened contractors
in their area.
Here are a few things you should expect when remodeling your kitchen:
remodel requires gutting your kitchen, you might be without
the use of the room for a week or so. Electricians, plumbers,
cabinetmakers, countertop contractors will need to be brought
all your dishes, silverware, food, spices, and cookware. Put
them somewhere far away from the remodel so the kitchen contractors
can get to work.
pets have food or water bowls in the kitchen, move them elsewhere
at least seven to 10 days before the renovation begins so that
your pets will not wander into the area once work starts.
Your kitchen remodeling professional is the last word in advice.
He will know exactly what you need to do with your project.
These are general guidelines for a typical kitchen remodeling
project; the contractor can give you the specifics.
remodeler will let you know when your kitchen will be completely
out of commission, when it can be used partially, and when it
is fully operational, even though they are still working on
unavoidable brief period when you kitchen is totally out of
commission, try going to a hotel or staying with friends. Kitchen
remodels are a big investment, so it may not be the best time
to spend more money, but getting away from the chaos can help
keep you sane.
option is planning to eat out during that time. You could also
move the microwave and just have microwaveable meals for a few
A few final
thoughts about kitchen or home remodeling:
Keep in mind that you have to make great changes to get what you
want. The process doesn't last forever, and the sacrifices you
make will result in a better home, great return on your investment,
and a better place to cook and entertain.