Illinois Homeowners: How To Plan For Your Kitchen Remodel

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Use these 4 tips when preparing for your kitchen remodel.
Use these 4 tips when preparing for your kitchen remodel. (Shutterstock)

With summer coming to a close, many Illinois homeowners are ready to take their projects indoors. Why not start with a kitchen remodel to give the most popular room in the house a new look?

Make it easy for your contractor to work by clearing out your kitchen ahead of time. One week before work is scheduled to begin you can start packing up those items you won’t be using again until after the renovation. This includes dry foods, such as canned goods and spices. Pack these items in labeled boxes and store in another room.

For your fragile dishware, pack carefully and cushion with newspaper to avoid breakage. Alternatively, you can place dishes on the bed or floor of a spare bedroom.

The day the project starts, your kitchen cabinets and pantry should be completely bare. Not only will your contractor be able to work without anything getting in the way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that all your kitchen items are safely stored where they won’t be damaged.

2. Cover and Protect Flooring

For all types of flooring, including hardwood and tile, you’ll need to be sure it’s covered and protected before the renovation begins. No matter how careful your contractor is there’s always the risk of damage to flooring throughout every phase of the remodel.

A good option is to purchase scraps of carpet and secure them to the floor with duct tape. Be cautious with hardwood floors as the adhesive may cause damage to the finish.

For added protection for hardwood and tile, place a carpet pad between the floor and carpet scraps. This extra precaution is ideal for existing or new floors, guarding them against costly repairs.

Ready to remodel your kitchen? Contact a HomeAdvisor contractor in Illinois.

3. Contractor Access

Give your contractor easy access to your home. Plan ahead of time with the work crew, letting them know that you’ve provided them with a clear and unobstructed path from their truck to your home. This may mean parking your own vehicle elsewhere for the duration of the project, but it’s a small thing to do to let your contractor know you’re making it as easy as possible for them to do their job.

4. Put Away Valued Items

Take a last look around before your kitchen remodel kicks off. Make sure you’ve removed valued items such as plants from the windowsill and trinkets from the countertops. Don’t forget to pack away those photos and postcards you’ve got pinned to the fridge. Even if your contractor will be moving the refrigerator to another room while the work is being done, it’s a good idea to put these mementos into a box.

Taking the time to prepare your home for renovation can make a real difference to the success of your kitchen remodel.

For more advice and tips to remodel your kitchen, call a HomeAdvisor professional in Illinois.

This Patch article is sponsored by HomeAdvisor.

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