1. Cover doorways into other rooms with plastic.
2. Pack everything that won't be needed into boxes. This will keep things dust-free. This will also give you the opportunity to throw out anything you no longer need.
3. Make sure you have identified a place in the house where pets can spend the day while remodeling is going on.
4. No matter how meticulous your contractor is, there will be dust. Be prepared for a good cleaning after remodeling and a new furnace filter when the project is done is always a good idea.
1. Keep essential items handy: basic food that can be microwaved, condiments, cereal, microwave-safe dishes and utensils, dishcloths, dish soap, paper plates and cups, coffee, coffee pot and sugar/creamer, paper towels, napkins, and garbage bags.
2. You will be without water in the kitchen for the majority of the project (special arrangements can be made for a temporary hook-up, but should be discussed as early as possible). You may need to do dishes in another sink or the bathtub for awhile. This is also a great time to “picnic” and barbeque even in the winter months. Stock up on paper plates, napkins, disposable cups, and silverware.
3. Many contractors will wait until cabinets have arrived before tearing out your current cabinets. Be sure to clarify this point with your contractor.
4. Set up the microwave and refrigerator in another area, along with a table for preparation.
5. Stockpile restaurant coupons for the nights when you really want to eat out.
1. Make sure you pack up and move your hairdryer, favorite hair products, makeup, and other essentials.
2. Remember not to clean newly installed tile for at least 24 hours.
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