How to Keep the Drama Out of Home Renovation

By: Danny Lipford

Kitchen demolition.

Remodel Stress Factor #3: Remodeling Inconveniences

Interruptions to your normal daily routine are a fact of life when remodeling. Electric power, Internet service, and water may need to be turned off; kitchen and bathroom access can be limited; and odors from paint, adhesives, and floor finish may force you out of your home and into a local hotel.

Make a plan to deal with these interruptions—and the expense involved—before they occur. Kitchen renovations in particular can be very stressful during the time when all the cabinets, countertops, and appliances have been removed and the new ones are being installed.

This can result in several weeks without an adequate place to prepare meals, pack lunches, or make coffee; so factor in the expense of eating out or consider setting up a temporary kitchen in the dining or living room with a refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, and coffee maker. Inexpensive card tables and stackable plastic pullout drawers can make life during a kitchen renovation easier.

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