What to Expect

What to Expect

Any remodeling project in your home requires patience and preparation.  In a world without guarantees – we can guarantee your life will be inconvenienced for the duration of the time Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home (or any contractor) is renovating your home.  But we also guarantee that our experience has taught us to minimize the inconvenience.  In fact, we invite you to take advantage of the great tips we’ve put together for you.

  • In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to try.  When microwaved dinners get old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
  • Before the cabinets arrive – decide on a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. The garage is usually a good location.
  • Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the remodel. While it’s a great time to “spring clean” your shelves, don’t forget to label the storage boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier and a lot more fun! Items that are fragile should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
  • Plan a location outside of the area where the remodeling is being done to act as your temporary kitchen.
  • Don’t forget:
    • The fridge!
    •  You may be able to temporarily move everything you need… except the kitchen sink! Consider where your “water source” will be in relation to your temporary kitchen.
    • Microwave (and a freezer stocked with microwavable meals!)
    • In a fond farewell to your old kitchen, spend some time in it, cooking. Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer. We promise you… you’ll thank yourself later!
    • Coffee Maker (don’t forget to put the filters and coffee close at hand too!)
    • Utility utensils, such as: can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, and microwavable dishes
    • Toaster
    • Keep the basics handy: butter, salt & pepper, favorite spices
    • Dining area/table
    • Tell the kids you’re picnicking… use paper plates & napkins as well as disposable silverware.
    •  Cleaning supplies and dishtowels
  • If it’s a bathroom remodel, pretend you’re packing to go on a trip. Remember the hairdryer and curling iron!
  • Don’t forget about Fido & Kitty! If there isn’t an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction, especially during certain phases – it may be a perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend’s home.
  • Decide in advance where you’d like the installers to store their tools.
  • Dust… there’s just no way to avoid it! If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the work – remember to keep them well covered!

Dear Jim,

It's hard to believe that it's been almost two years since the work was completed on our bathroom suite remodel. I would like to let you again know how pleased we have been with the work you did, and the result. Everything still looks great, and the room is a pleasure to look at every day. We appreciated all of the extra effort you put into the job, including doors, tile, custom cabinet interiors, electrical, as well as the follow-up on ventilation.

Certainly there were a few challenges along the way (not to mention a skunk in the window), but I wanted to thank you again for the level of quality, service, and response from you personally, your family, and the rest of the team.

I hope business is good and the family is well.

Wally Grom


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