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How To Survive Your Kitchen Remodel

It’s not inconceivable for you to go a week without cooking anything on the stove. Between the microwave and take out you can certainly have plenty of enjoyable meals. But what if that week stretched on for a few weeks and you lost use of your refrigerator? That might happen as you go through a kitchen remodel. This is the type of project that can cause major upheaval around the house but it would certainly be worth it if you get your dream kitchen at the end. Here’s how you can survive your kitchen remodel:

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Set Up a Temporary Kitchen

You’ll need to set up a temporary kitchen. That could be in the dining room, living room or even out in the garage. What you’ll need for that temporary kitchen depends a lot on what you can do without. For instance, you might be able to relocate your refrigerator for the duration of the remodel in another room. You just might have to do without the icemaker hook up. A smaller kitchen can be set up on a spare table using just a microwave, coffee maker and Crockpot. As for all your pantry items, you might want to sort them in plastic storage bins for the duration.

Think About Alternatives For Dishwashing

You might not realize how often you use your sink until the water is cut off. If you have a utility sink in a mudroom or basement, then you could certainly adapt that. A bathtub can also work but that can become a bit cumbersome. The most effective alternative is to switch to plastic and paper utensils. Yes, you will be rough in it for a few weeks.

Hang Plastic Walls

There’s going to be a lot of dust and noise created during the remodeling work. It’s a good idea to ask your contractor to hang plastic walls separating the work area for the rest of the house. That should keep the dust from spreading.

Go On Vacation

You could go on vacation while the remodeling work is underway. Time it right and you’ll return to a finish kitchen. Short of that, you could also rent an RV and simply park it in the driveway.

Do Your Own Demolition

This isn’t so much a tip for surviving your kitchen remodel but cutting corners. The money you could save on a crew day could go towards a new stainless steel refrigerator or oven. You could do your own demolition with a little help from some friends. Junk King Birmingham is a perfect partner for this endeavor. They’ll be able to send out a crew and truck that will clear up all that construction waste that you create. That’s very important because you want the professional crew to have a clean site and you want to remove the hazardous materials immediately. You can survive your kitchen remodel with a little planning and a little help from Junk King Birmingham.

Is Your Home Really Safe?

Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home. Security measures like locks on doors, windows and gates are good start. However, not all safety involves security. There are some measures you can take to improve the overall safety in your home. Here is a breakdown of what you need to look at in each room:

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For The Kitchen

Keep the flammable objects away from the stove. That may seem like a no-brainer but sometimes it’s easy to forget with paper towels, plastics, curtains and other items that could quickly catch fire. It might not just be the flames causing trouble but exploding grease.

If you have children in the house, then you need to take special care that all your cleaning solutions and detergents are out of reach. Out of reach also means standing on a chair. Kids can be very inventive.

You should leave space around your appliances for proper ventilation. And make sure electric cords aren’t draped across other appliances or the stove.

For The Bathroom

This is the place where curling irons, hairdryers and other electric gadgets are often use. You don’t want to overload an outlet with these devices. You also want to keep them far away from water. It’s always a good idea to unplug them after every use.

The goal is to keep your bathroom as clean and dry as possible. It would help to have nonslip strips on bathroom mats and in your tub. You should never get out of the shower onto a floor without a rug.

For The Bedroom

Although you may think you’re in control, sleep can often overwhelm you. That is why you should never smoke in bed. You should keep a flashlight and cell phone within arm’s reach of where you sleep.

For The Stairs

If your stairs aren’t carpeted, then you might consider installing a runner down the stairs. These should be professionally set up so that there aren’t any gaps or slippage. Your railings should be occasionally inspected to make sure they are sturdy. The least bit of wobble can give way. Older homes have railings with wider spaces between them. This is where kids tend to get stuck. A good rule of thumb to follow is railings shouldn’t be more than 4 inches apart. Motion sensor lights along the stairs are also a good addition.

For The Entire House

The worst-case scenario would be a fire starting in your home. If that were to happen, then you need to act fast with regard to getting out. That means any exit like a window or door shouldn’t be blocked by clutter.

Clutter can also be a problem in your basement and garage especially in the dark. If the power goes out, then you don’t want to be tripping into things. A good way to get rid of clutter is setting up a junk removal session with Junk King Birmingham. These are the junk removal professionals that do all the lifting and loading for you. The two-man crew assigned to your junk removal session will happily get rid of any piece of clutter regardless of weight or size. Keeping your home safe is all about keeping the clutter out. One call to Junk King Birmingham get that done.