Plan Out Your Kitchen Demolition Process
Planning is the most important part of any removal project. This also goes for kitchen demolition projects. You’ll have a much better chance at success if you plan it all out first and figure everything out before you start to remove your kitchen. It will help keep things organized and make the process go quicker since there won’t be so many surprises along the way!
Pack Up Your Belongings
Clear out the kitchen of all items before you begin. This is a great time to spring clean! Get rid of anything that you no longer need, and have a ‘keep’ pile to organise everything. Make sure you have plenty of boxes, bubble wrap, and newspaper to pack up your kitchen items.
Once they’re safe in labeled boxes, store them in another room away from the demolition.
Move Your Appliances
When you start kitchen demolition, one of your first tasks is to get all of the appliances out of the way. You don’t want them getting in the way during removal or from becoming damaged and broken during removal. To ensure that they are not harmed by a falling cabinet or wall, move them into another room temporarily for safekeeping until after kitchen removal!
Remove Your Wall Cabinets
The first step in removing your kitchen is to take out the wall cabinets and shelves. This will give you more room to work and make it easier to maneuver around. You can either take them down yourself or have a removalist do it for you. If you choose to take them down yourself, be sure to use a crowbar or hammer to pry them loose.
There will be some cabinets and other pieces that can just come right off without doing much else. These are easy enough to remove yourself so do it before you begin more complex demolition work like walls and floors being taken down! Get these out at this stage so there’s less damage later on when things get busier.
Salvage Anything You Can
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any cabinets, appliances and fixtures that are salvageable. If they can be used in your new kitchen or somewhere else in the house then take them with you when the removalists come over so you don’t have to buy replacements later on!
If they are of good quality and you do not want to use them in your renovations, then there is a good chance that you might be able to sell the parts secondhand. You can use online sites like Gumtree, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace. Otherwise, donate them to a local charity who accepts furnishings or DIY materials.
Get The Tools Out!
You will need to gather all the tools you’ll need, and make sure you have the appropriate tools for the job! This includes hammers, saws, screwdrivers, and anything else you think might be helpful. Nothing worse than getting halfway through a reno and needing another hammer or screwdriver.
You may also want to get a tool belt, and wear an apron or old clothes to keep your good clothes from getting dirty.
Shut Off Your Utilities
Make sure you turn off the gas, water and electricity to your kitchen. This is one of the most important things to do before starting any removal project! It is not safe to do any demolition work while the utilities are still on.
Turn Off Your Water
To turn off your water, first look under your sink to find the two pipes – the hot and cold water. There will be a lever on the pipes that can be twisted clockwise to shut off the water.
Once you believe you have done this, test out the taps by turning them on and off. If no water comes out, congratulations! You got it right.
If there is still water running from the taps, the water was not turned off correctly.
If there are no levers on the pipes, you could have a central water system that needs to be turned off from an outside source like the main supply valve.
Turn Off Your Gas
It is very important your gas is turned off before doing any renovations or work involving appliances. Turning off the gas meter firstly requires turning off all gas appliances, before then turning off the supply tap.
The gas supply tap is generally found at the meter box, at the front of the side of your house.
At the meter, you should be able to turn the handle of the tap horizontally to switch it off, and vertically for it to come back on.
Turn Off Your Electricity
Lastly, turn off your electricity. Depending on how old your home is, you can do this either by turning off the circuit breaker or fuse box.
On the side of your home, near the gas meter, will be your service panel. There will be individual switches for different areas of electricity running through your home, as well as a main circuit breaker switch. Turn the main switch off and test it is off in various rooms in the house before commencing work.
Hire Removalists to get rid of the extra rubbish.
Have you finished your prep and need assistance removing extra bits and bobs from your kitchen? Don’t worry, you can hire removalists to get rid of the extra rubbish.
1300 Rubbish offers services to clean up the rest of the mess for you, so your new kitchen can be started with no more fuss! Services available include appliances removal, cabinets removal, removing the plumbing fixtures, and removing the kitchen countertops.