If you are planning your first ever kitchen renovation, you are probably wondering what to expect. The truth is even if this isn’t your first kitchen renovation, every renovation project is slightly different, and there will always be surprises along the way. But, you can reduce the potential for surprises by knowing what basics to expect. This will help you handle the impending challenges better and prepare to embrace the uncertainties ahead.

Below we discuss what to expect when taking on one of the most popular home renovation projects undertake: kitchen renovations.

Noise

Just like with any other renovation project, you can expect your kitchen renovations to be a quite noisy endeavour. From the initial removal of your existing kitchen right up to the finishing touches, you should expect it to be noisy. There will be banging hammers, revving saws, materials being dropped, doors opening and closing, contractors talking and much more potential day interrupting sounds coming from the renovation areas. If you work from home, are uncomfortable with loud noises or have young children, it is a good idea to plan to be away during the days or even find a friend or family member’s home to stay at during all or a portion of the renovation.

Dust

Even though there may be measures to contain the dust while kitchen renovations are in progress such as hanging drop sheets around the kitchen entry ways, dust will likely still accumulate in areas away from the construction site. Wall demolition, cabinets dismantling and tile removal will all create small particles which can get into air ducts and move around your home. Ensure you remove everything you can from the kitchen area prior to the commencement of the renovations so they don’t get damaged or covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt.

Delays and Unexpected Costs

Like every other project, kitchen renovations are hardly ever hitch-free. For one reason or the other, the unexpected will always happen. Delays occur, material may be delayed, contractors may encounter additional challenges and logistics may fall through. Preparing for the unforeseen during your kitchen renovation will put you in a better position to be patient and tolerant, especially when this issue could have been prevented. You don’t know, what you don’t know and this is always true during a renovation. Removing walls, floors, cabinetry, ceilings and so on can uncover an issue that wasn’t expected. This is why it is always suggested to have a reserve fund to help resolve any of these uncovered unexpected issues.

Time

This really shouldn’t be a surprise, a renovation such as a full kitchen upgrade takes time, we are talking months in most cases. 30-minute renovation TV shows make it feel like a kitchen renovation is completed in days, well it’s not! Kitchen renovations take ample time, while it’s possible to repaint and replace kitchen hardware in hours or a day, a meaningful kitchen renovation project will take much longer.

Celebrate

Once your kitchen renovations are all done, it’s time to celebrate and show off your dream kitchen. You have probably gone through a rollercoaster of emotions since the start of your project, well it’s time to end the ride on a high note.