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Cabinet Refacing Offers Strong Financial Payback in LA and Beyond

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Wondering whether cabinet refacing is a good investment for your Los Angeles home? Before spending $10,000 to $20,000 or more on new kitchen cabinets, take a look at this more economical alternative.

Los Angeles Housing Market Leans Towards Buyers

While the Los Angeles housing market has seen many years of strong demand, the market has cooled in recent months. This slowdown has shifted the control to home buyers, who are more cost conscious and focused on their wish lists.

Kitchen Cabinets Rule the House

The top priority for many buyers is a recently remodeled kitchen with a great design. A professional cabinet refacing job can give home buyers the look and functionality they want without putting you out on a limb financially. Cabinet refacing costs about one third of the cost of a cabinet replacement and typically provides a good financial return during a home sale.

Cabinet Refacing Helps Sales Strategy

By economizing on such a big ticket item, you leave yourself plenty of negotiating room when you sell your house. If you pay for cabinet refacing and your house lingers on the market for months, you are not straddled with a large loan payment for new cabinets. You also have more flexibility for negotiating the price, as you have invested fewer dollars in remodeling upgrades.

While Los Angeles remains a popular housing market, home buyers now are in the driver's seat. As a seller, you'll need to give them the look they want without a huge financial commitment. Cabinet refacing can give you that newly remodeled look while preserving your financial resources. 

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.

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