Installing Ubuntu 16.04 on a Lenovo Y700 laptop

I was a little hesitant to splurge on a new laptop that wasn't in the Ubuntu Certified Hardware list (as of May 2016) but there are usually only a couple of things that can go wrong (video and the wifi) so I researched those and felt confident enough to go for it. Other than a couple of minor hurdles, it's gone smoothly so far. I haven't seen any tutorials on these laptops so I thought I'd share.