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How to Prepare for New Kitchen Countertops

Renovating your kitchen is one of the best ways to add value to your home. Replacing your countertops is a huge part of that process and can add more value than you realize. Therefore, it is important to know what the installation process looks like and how to prepare yourself and your home. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your kitchen for new countertops.

Temporary Spaces

From templating to installation, your kitchen will be out of working order for a while. Before this process begins you will need to move your everyday items out of the kitchen and place them in safe, temporary spaces. We also recommend preparing meals ahead of time or going out to eat in order to give the professionals space and time to do their job. Setting up a temporary space to cook and eat will preserve a sense of normalcy during this hectic time.

Remove Items from Your Kitchen

Remove any items on or around your kitchen countertops. This can include dishes, utensils, coffee makers, decorations, plants, or anything you don’t want to be broken. We recommend moving whatever dishes you may need for meals while your kitchen is not accessible. This will make this process easier for both you and the installer.

Prepare Your Space

Replacing your kitchen countertops is a construction process that can be messy. Create a clear path for easy access to your kitchen and lay down drop cloths or tarps. This will protect your flooring and minimize any mess. We also recommend covering the construction area’s entryway and vents to contain any dust, as well as covering any furniture in the adjacent areas.

Are you more of a checklist person? Check out our checklist on how to prepare your home for kitchen countertops:


Now that your space is prepped and cleaned, your installers will be able to complete their job on time and efficiently. Once you have chosen your countertops and received your free estimate, they will come out and remove your current countertop. Then they will take measurements and create a template. Usually, after 5 – 7 business days from creating the template, they will install your countertops on a scheduled time and date. Installation takes anywhere from 2 to 7 hours depending on the size of your kitchen.

The most important thing throughout this entire process is communication. If you have any questions simply ask them. It is better to ask what you need to do to prepare rather than to end up making it more difficult for both of you by doing something wrong.

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