The total cost of cabinet refacing usually saves you up to 50% or more compared to a complete kitchen remodel. Refacing is a fast way to get a new and improved kitchen without having to completely redo your kitchen. By switching out the old hardware and refacing your cabinet doors, you can easily change the look of your tired old kitchen for something more hip and modern.
Depending on the size of your kitchen, the project cost will vary. Refacing cabinets cost somewhere in the range of $1000 to $5000. To determine the projected cost, some companies charge on a per unit basis. Unit costs may include the addition of new cabinet doors, drawers, end panels, and/or false fronts. The price per unit can be as low as $150 and can go as high as $250. The final cost will depend on the material used and the design of the cabinet refacing.
If you are on a small budget – and these days, who isn’t? – and want to have a unique, more stylish looking kitchen then cabinet refacing is the most viable and cheapest way of achieving a new look. Call or visit stores and contractors who list this as their specialty, show them your layout and ask for an estimate. Some contractors have calculators on their web sites so you can easily get a ball park figure for the project. At some point, most of them will want to visit your home to give you a more accurate assessment. It’s worth the time and effort to get the right contractor to do the job. Read our article How to Choose a Contractor.
To fully understand how the estimate is determined and what is included, consider asking contractors straightforward questions. Understanding how the refacing cost is calculated will help in negotiating a deal which might benefit you by possibly saving money and by being clear about how the process works.
- Get to know if the job is priced by the foot or by some other method.
- Once the vendor provides you with an estimate of the project, ask if materials and labor are included.
- Ask for a rundown of the process and if it differs depending on the type and style of cabinet doors you choose.
- Be sure to ask how much time it will take to complete the job and how that will affect the cabinet refacing costs.
Finally, before you sign the bottom line, be sure to read all the terms and conditions carefully. This may bring up other questions and will eliminate any discrepancies in the future.
Compared to new cabinets, refacing kitchen cabinets will cost you about one third as much. This will save you lot of money to spend on other areas of the kitchen, like maybe a new kitchen counter, new flooring, or that food processor you’ve been eyeing. For an affordable amount and with no compromising on quality, your kitchen will be modern and stylish in no time, and you just might enjoy cooking again!
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