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Removing your current kitchen cabinets and replacing them with new ones involves tearing out cabinets and countertops. Keep in mind the process will make noise and create dust. The process can take from 2 to several weeks depending on many variables. The size and complexity of your project, product lead times as well as contractor availability will all come into play. To smooth out the process please follow the tips below.  

Before tear out of your current cabinets:

  • Make sure you locate the main water shut off. When it comes time to disconnect the sink valves have a tendency to leak once the water lines are disconnected. The main shut off will be required until the valves can be addressed.
  •  Remove all dishes, silverware, food and other items from the dishwasher, cabinets and drawers.
  • Allocate a place for your appliances during the installation of your new cabinets. The refrigerator many times can be moved to a dining room or other space close by. Your refrigerator can remain plugged in if there is a space cleared to do so. The more items in the fridge the heavier and more difficult it will be to relocate.
  • If you are removing your appliances yourself please have all appliances including the refrigerator, dishwasher, and range outside of the kitchen and the allocated work areas. Your installer can do this if required but please give notice beforehand so they can schedule enough extra time and keep in mind charges do apply for this service.
  • Removing wall hangings, pictures and mirrors from kitchen and adjoining walls. Vibrations during construction can cause these items to fall.


  • If you are doing your own cabinet removal and have moved electrical or plumbing make sure all these items are done before the installation date. If the wall has been opened any drywall repair will need to be completed also. Cabinets cannot be placed over open walls. All repaired walls will need to be closed up, taped, and sealed with drywall mud.


  • Cabinets must be delivered into the space they will be installed to acclimate for 24-48 hours before installation begins. This allows the wood to regulate expansion and contraction before the installation and will help to eliminate gaps and unevenness after the install is complete.

Work space

  • If your cabinets are being assembled on site your installer will need room to set up an assembly table. Please allow roughly an 8 foot by 8 foot area minimum.
  • During installation please keep children and pets out of the work area for their safety.
  • Construction is alway dusty and some cutting inside the home is typically necessary. Consider shutting off HVAC systems and covering air intakes while construction is in progress.
  • Packaging. Please locate a space like a garage for all cabinet packaging to be stacked. All cardboard can be put out for recycling and the remaining packaging will be bagged for disposal.

Staging outside

  • Weather permitting, saws can be set up outside. Your installer will need room in the driveway for tools and an installation vehicle.
  • Locate an outlet for your installer outside to power tools. 
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