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Prepping for a kitchen DEMO!

Once you have selected a firm to work with (we hope it’s us!), finalized your layout, and ordered your products (cabinets, etc.), it’s time to get ready for the demo of your current space. (Remember, Carole’s does not demo or install, so this labor will be completed by your chosen remodeling contractor.) No matter who you hire, like most everything else in life, the more organized/prepared you are, the better. Here are some tips:

This is a great time to make a list of all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to try! When the microwave gets old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape.

Well before the cabinets arrive, decide on a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to until the actual install day. Usually the garage is a good location. (Our warehouse manager will call you once your cabinets, etc. arrive at Carole’s. At that time, we will coordinate a day when you’re ready to take delivery on your project-site.)

Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the demo work. It’s a great time to ‘spring clean’ and sort out items you never use. Don’t forget to label storage boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier. Mark boxes ‘fragile’ accordingly, and store in an area away from the construction.

When you set up your temporary kitchen during construction, don’t forget:

    • The fridge. This is a great time to clean it out.
    • Consider where your water source will be in relation to your temporary kitchen.
    • Microwave (and a freezer stocked with microwavable meals)
    • Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer. 
    • Coffee Maker (Put the filters and coffee close at hand too.)
    • Utility utensils, such as: can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, and microwavable dishes
    • Toaster/toaster oven
    • Keep the basics handy: butter, salt & pepper, favorite spices
    • Dining area/table
    • Paper plates & napkins as well as disposable silverware. (This is HUGE.) So many people recall the kitchen reno alongside memories of with washing dishes in the tub. (Or even with a hose in summertime!)
    • Cleaning supplies and dishtowels
    • If it’s a bathroom remodel, pack as if you are going on a trip. What essentials do you need? (hairdryer, shaving supplies etc.). Shower totes/small Rubbermaid containers for each family member can make it go more smoothly.
    • Don’t forget about pets. If there isn’t an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction, especially during certain phases – it may be a perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend’s home.
    • Decide in advance where you’d like the installers to store their tools. Discuss mutual expectations for arriving and leaving work-site, etc.
    • Expect dust. There’s just no way to avoid it. If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the work keep them well covered.
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