Are you in the process of planning a kitchen remodel? If so, you’re probably trying to figure out how to prepare for it. Kitchen remodels can be daunting, but with a plan and some preparation, they can be a lot less stressful.
Here are a few tips to help make your kitchen remodel go as smoothly as possible.
Before You Begin
1. Protect what you’re keeping, whether floors cabinets, appliances, or fixtures.
2. Seal off the kitchen from the rest of the house to minimize dust and dirt in other areas.
3. Rent and schedule the delivery of a dumpster for non-salvageable items.
4. Make arrangements with Habitat for Humanity or another charity to haul off usable construction goods, cabinets, fixtures, hardware, or appliances following the demolition. Your donation may qualify for a tax write-off, so keep your documentation.
5. Pull a linoleum sample to test for asbestos. If it tests positive, make arrangements with an abatement team for floor removal. If it’s negative, you may safely remove the floor yourself.
Prepare Your Kitchen in 10-Steps
Work backward from the way the kitchen was originally built to make removal easier. This is always the fastest way to strip out the kitchen while minimizing damage to fixtures, counters, and cabinets intended for reuse or recycling.
1. Disconnect the gas, plumbing, and electricity to your kitchen.
2. Disconnect the water and drain pipes from the dishwasher, sink, and refrigerator.
3. Disconnect the gas from the oven and the electricity from any appliance that is hardwired directly into the wall.
4. Remove glass shades from light fixtures, outlet covers, heat registers, and window coverings.
5. Pull out the appliances and remove faucets and sink attachments. Lift out the sink if it sits above the countertop.
6. Pry trim from around cabinets, windows, and floor, removing the sink’s backsplash, wall tile, countertop, and particleboard. Remove the sink if it sits below the countertop.
7. Remove the upper and base kitchen cabinets using a pry bar or drill.
8. Pull the old drywall or lathe & plaster off the ceiling and walls using a crowbar or prybar. Exercise extreme caution around electrical wiring and ductwork. Remove nails and insulation.
9. If your floor tested negative for asbestos, remove the various layers of linoleum and glue or floor tile and grout using a pry bar and rubber mallet.
10. Clean up waste and clear as much dirt and dust as possible to prepare for your new kitchen installation.
If you follow these kitchen preparation tips, your kitchen remodel will go smoothly when the construction crew arrives. By taking the time to plan and prepare for your remodel, you can minimize stress and maximize results. We hope you found these tips helpful!