To keep your pets safe during construction, think about asking a friend to look after them or putting them in a cattery or kennel.
Pack everything in your kitchen cupboards and drawers into boxes and label clearly so unpacking is easy. Keep a few basics aside for use until the new kitchen is ready – cups, plates, bowls, can opener, kettle, tea, coffee, cereal, rubbish bags, cleaning products, tea towels.
Create a little temporary mini-kitchen in another room with whatever you think you’ll need – a small fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster and kettle. Make sure it’s near a bathroom tap so you can fill up the kettle and wash dishes.
Before your old kitchen is removed, cook up a few meals and freeze them so you have some quick and easy microwave meals while the kitchen’s out of action.
Walls can vibrate during kitchen construction so move all your furniture away from walls near the kitchen and take all your mirrors and pictures off walls inside or near the kitchen.
Choose an area of the house that’s protected so you can keep the new kitchen cabinets stored safely when they arrive – garages work well.
When your new cabinets are delivered make sure you take the time to check that everything’s been delivered and that everything’s in good condition.