The results of a kitchen remodel can be delightful. But getting to that point can be daunting. You can ease the stress by following these six tips for preparing for a kitchen remodel.
1. Set a budget
If you’re doing a DIY kitchen remodel, establish a budget before you grab any demolition tools.
Also, take into consider how you’ll pay for the remodel:
- Do you have enough money saved up to pay for it?
- Will you need to take out a personal loan or home equity loan?
- Will you need to put some or all of the expenses on a credit card?
Even if you hire a professional to do the job, you should come up with an amount that you’re willing to spend.
2. Hire a qualified professional
Not going down the DIY road? Then you’ll need to hire a certified kitchen remodeler or designer. This pro can oversee the project from start to finish, including helping set a budget, kitchen design, labor and material selections (including the all-important kitchen cabinets).
More than anything else, a professional can take the headaches out of tackling the project on your own and can deliver a high-quality outcome.
3. Pick a temporary kitchen
For any kitchen remodel, particularly a major project, it’s wise to carve out a space in your home that can serve as a substitute kitchen. This could be your dining room, family room or basement, for instance. Until the project is completed, your temporary kitchen might be home to your refrigerator, hot plate, microwave and other cooking necessities.
If you can’t stand the thought of cooking in someplace other than your kitchen, you can always eat meals at restaurants or order takeout or delivery food. Keep in mind, though, that this will cost more than buying groceries does.
4. Stock up on disposable kitchen items
When your kitchen is in the midst of being remodeled, it might be tough to wash and dry dishes. Therefore, it’s smart to stockpile disposable plates, cups, utensils and cups so you can avoid the washing-and-drying routine.
5. Fire up the grill
Do you have an outdoor grill? Then put it to work during your kitchen remodel if the weather cooperates. Don’t have a grill? Perhaps it’s time to shop for one.
6. Gear up for the chaos
Kitchen remodels tend to be noisy and dusty, and can even be frustrating. That’s why it’s important to be patient during the remodeling process. Just remember how great your kitchen will look after the project is done!
To maintain your sanity:
- Head outdoors. Go on walks, ride your bike, play with the dog in the backyard, take your kids to the park — whatever it takes to enjoy a little peace and quiet.
- Relax. Get a massage. Practice yoga. Meditate. Listen to music. Soak in the bathtub. Light some candles. Whatever method you decide on, set aside time to take care of yourself mentally.
- Get away. Whether you take a short “staycation” at a local hotel or Airbnb or you opt for a longer trip, some kind of getaway can improve your mood and take your mind off the remodeling project. Maybe this is a great time to visit Grandma and Grandpa!