How to prepare for your kitchen refurbishment

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Having a new kitchen can give your home a whole new look and add value to your house. But while having a kitchen refurbishment can inspire new cooking creations, the upheaval of a refurbishment can be an inconvenience, especially as the kitchen is the hub of the home for many families.

The UK kitchen market is estimated to be worth over £3 billion a year as 1.9 million UK homeowners revamp their cooking space and make improvements. While the reasons for updating their kitchen varies more homeowners than ever are investing in kitchen appliances and white goods that will make better use of their space as well as making their lives easier.

If you’ve got a new kitchen that is set to be installed or are making plans to renovate your space, preparing before the refurbishment begins can help make everything run that bit smoother.
• Store away non-essentials – While you might need some kitchen items during the renovation to prepare meals, carefully store away everything that you won’t need. This will make you home less cluttered and easier to move around while the refurbishment is happening.
• Remove decorations – If you currently have decorations, such as pieces of art and mirrors, in your kitchen make sure you remove these to avoid them becoming damaged.
• Plan how you’ll prepare meals – You’ll still need to eat even if you don’t have access to your normal kitchen. While it’s easy to eat out at times it might not always be possible so, if you can, setting up a temporary kitchen where you can make breakfast, packed lunches and simple meals is a good idea.
• Set a collection for your white goods – If you’re getting new white goods as part of your refurbishment knowing what to do with your old ones can be hassle. They’re often bulky and difficult to move but you can set up a collection date for professionals to come by and pick up your fridge, washing machine and other items before the renovations begins, taking the stress out of your hands.
• Protect other areas from dust and debris – During the installation of your kitchen other areas can get dirty or damaged, especially if the kitchen fitters need to pass through other rooms to reach your kitchen. Where necessary use dust and plastic sheets to protect other areas.
• Make plans to keep out of the way – If possible it’s a great idea to keep out of the way while your kitchen is being fitted, especially if you have children. This could mean spending the day outside the home or ensuring that everything you need is in another part of the house so the professionals can get on with their job.

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