Negotiate your way to affordable cabinet refacing
by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Tired of that old kitchen? For those on a tight budget, kitchen cabinet refacing could be a great way to change up the space. Learning to negotiate with kitchen cabinet dealers can go a long way toward getting the cabinets you want at a price that is within your means.
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Kitchen cabinet dealers have seen it all when it comes to negotiation, so don't be afraid to haggle. These five tips can help you both find a happy medium.
- Have room to negotiate. The worst time to search for kitchen cabinets is when you really need them, because that "must have" situation means it is hard to walk away from a deal. Start searching for good prices long before your old cabinet fronts reach the point of no return.
- Consider separate installation. Sometimes dealers can offer a great price on materials, but installation drives up the bottom line. Look into the cost of installation alone to determine if it might be cheaper to hire your own contractor.
- Know what the prices are. In some cases, the dealer's bottom line really is the best they can do. Be certain of this by researching the costs of various materials, getting plenty of estimates on installation and paying attention to industry trends. If the price is on a par with the average or slightly below, you might already be getting an excellent deal.
- Look at other options. If you are okay with choosing great-looking kitchen cabinet doors that happen to be last year's hot design, you might get a nicer price. Ask the dealer which cabinet door options come with a steep discount and be willing to take advantage of them if necessary.
- Suggest your bottom line--and then shut up. If you know a dealer is just trying to avoid the haggle, state what you can pay and then stop talking. You might get a firm handshake and a goodbye. On the other hand, you might get a long moment of thought and "Let's see what we can do."
Kitchen cabinet dealers are usually ready and willing to negotiate on their prices. Look for a good price, but never expect a perfect discount--after all, dealers have to make a living, too.