Iowa Homeowners: Remodeling Your Kitchen? Do This First

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A little preparation will make the job go quickly and smoothly.
A little preparation will make the job go quickly and smoothly. (Shutterstock)

We’re all about hospitality here in Iowa, and that extends to workers in our home. In order to make them feel welcome, there are some things you should do before you contractor arrives.

You’ll want to clear all of your dishes out of your cabinetry. Have a spare bedroom no one is using? This is a great place to stack and lay dishes right out on the bed. You can also enlist a basement or other lightly trafficked space. Stack them someplace out of mind.

For dishes and other items, you’ll want to start packing things you don’t need or use regularly a full week before your project is set to begin. The night before, you should have moved the very last dish out of your cabinetry. Since you’ve probably stacked them in odd places with exposure to dust, be sure to wash everything before putting them back after the project is done.

2. Protect Your Floors

If floors aren’t part of your remodel, you want to make sure to protect your existing floors. For tile or hardwood, lay carpet scraps (you can buy these from a carpet store) over the flooring. Tape them down with duct tape so they won’t slide, but be careful not to damage hardwood.

For tile, you may consider taking the extra step of including padding underneath. Contractors will be moving heavy objects that could potentially crack or damage your floor.


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3. Worker Parking

Your contractors or subcontractors will need a place to park nearby your home. It’s easier for you to move your cars down the road so they can pull into the driveway and get right to work. Plus, this shows them you’ve gone the extra mile to make their job a little easier.

4. Remove Items Of Value

Value doesn’t have to mean an expensive KitchenAid mixer. Make sure sentimental objects have been removed from your kitchen, like photos and birth announcements hung on the fridge. Any other trinkets, like plants or pottery, should be moved as well.

It Pays To Prep

Your goal of preparing your kitchen is twofold. First, you want to move anything of value or that can be damaged to a safe location. Secondly, you can show your contractors they will have an easy place to work without worrying about damaging your things. This will help them work as efficiently as possible, so you can have your life back to normal in a cinch.

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