Delays are part of any home remodel, especially these days with the pandemic shutting down and slowing production on millions of products worldwide. Kitchen remodels have been slow-going since the beginning of the pandemic, with some homeowners waiting a whopping 9 months to receive their new refrigerators.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to wait that long to finish a kitchen renovation as this room is such an integral part of the home. So, what can you do to prevent delays and get the kitchen of your dreams sooner rather than later?
Order Appliances as Early as Possible
Once you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your kitchen, start shopping and ordering the appliances you’ll need. Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of the project to order as you’ll likely wait weeks or even months for that new stove or refrigerator to arrive. As you’re ordering and planning your renovation project, expect delays and plan accordingly.
Be Flexible in Your Choices
You may have your heart set on a specific model or brand of appliance, but if that item is out of stock, it could set your kitchen remodel back or put it on hold for a long time. Consider going with a similar model in another brand or choosing a different color altogether to help facilitate your kitchen remodel.
Work with a Designer/Project Manager
Kitchen remodels can be stressful, especially if you have to deal with delays. Your best course of action would be to work with a professional like a designer or project manager who can effectively schedule the project around the appliance and material deliveries. Letting someone else worry about backorders, deliveries, and schedules can be the key to a hassle-free kitchen renovation experience.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
Since you now know that delays are possible with your kitchen remodel, it’s a good idea to set up temporary arrangements so you won’t be so put out waiting for the project to finish.
Set up a makeshift kitchen in another room of your home using things like a hot plate, your old refrigerator, etc. so you can still prepare light meals and not have to sacrifice much during the project progression.
Push Your Project Back
Delays caused by the pandemic are sure to continue for quite some time. You can expect to have to wait longer than usual for materials and new appliances, so you may want to push the start of your kitchen remodel project back a bit until they can come in. It’s not the ideal situation, but at least you’ll have a functional kitchen while you wait for your new appliances to arrive.
Patience is a virtue, and this is especially true with a kitchen remodel. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have, so if you plan to embark on any kind of home remodeling project in the coming months, be patient. Things will get done and you’ll have your dream kitchen before you know it!