The idea of a do it yourself kitchen strip out may sound to some people like a good way to save money on a home remodel project. The problem with that idea, however, is that the negatives outweigh the positives. When it comes to the kitchen strip out step of your kitchen remodel, avoid the 3 D’s, and don’t do it yourself.
Of course this is the most obvious of the issues related to performing the kitchen strip out yourself. A novice is far more likely to injure himself when doing any sort of construction, or deconstruction work than is a professional. While he may be equipped with the right gear, the steps he takes related to getting the job done will surely put his safety in jeopardy. After all, a strip out is not just about tearing things off the wall. Careful logistical planning, measurements, and the like must be undertaken before any physical work is ever done.
A novice may believe that damage is the name of the game when it comes to dismantling the kitchen. Keep in mind that you are dealing with the structure of the kitchen, and not simply the cabinets on the wall. If you aren’t experienced in the layers of your home (structural beam, water pipe and electrical wiring locations), you will most certainly end up causing damage to your property that will then cost you much more money than you would have saved had you called in a professional in the first place.
A kitchen strip out is dirty business, and only a professional truly understands just how dirty the job will get. Simply laying down a tarp to catch the debris won’t even scratch the surface of what is required to keep the rest of the house as clean as possible, not to mention maintaining an acceptable level of air quality throughout. Only a professional will know how to drape and ventilate the area properly so the rest of the home doesn’t end up covered in dirt and debris.