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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Refacing: A Cents-ible Pre-Sale Investment

by Amy Fanter
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Are you getting ready to sell your house, but are concerned that your existing kitchen cabinet doors and drawers will send potential buyers packing? If you'd like to get top-dollar for your house, but don't want to spend and arm and leg to install new kitchen cabinets, refacing your existing ones could be the perfect solution.

The reason? By refacing rather than replacing your kitchen cabinet drawers and doors, you'll get the look today's homebuyers love at a price tag your wallet will appreciate.

Do You Need To Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Ask any real estate agent--bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. Especially in a softer real estate market, a fresh, clean, modern feeling kitchen is essential. If your kitchen cabinet doors and drawers appear to be past their prime, prospective buyers will not only offer less money for your house, they may decide against purchasing your property altogether. If your kitchen cabinet doors are faded, damaged, or just plain hard to open, refacing them will give your kitchen that ready-to-move-in feel that buyers crave.

What's Refacing?

Unlike replacement, a refacing job doesn't involve ripping out old cabinets or moving existing structures. Instead, refacing your existing cabinetry involves fixing up your existing kitchen cabinet framework and installing new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware… all at about half the cost of installing an entirely new set of cabinets.

If you're selling your home soon, there may be no smarter improvement project than updating your kitchen. With a price that won't blow your budget, refacing your kitchen cabinets is one sensible improvement you can take to the bank.

About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nevada.

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