5 ways to save with cabinet refacing
by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Kitchen cabinet refacing can be a good way to save money, but all of those discounts can be outweighed by hidden costs. Many discount cabinet depots and other online outlets might promise the world, and their prices can look exceptional. But remember the old adage: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
How to save on your cabinet refacing
If you are thinking about cabinet refacing, you are already on the right track to save money. These tips can help ensure you keep things under budget:
- Dive into serious research. A good kitchen cabinet refacing is an investment in your home, so treat it as such. Do diligent research into materials, installation, costs and what to expect from your new cupboard doors and drawers. Compare prices and determine whether cabinet refacing is actually the cheapest solution.
- Watch out for delivery charges. When ordering online, the prices can be incredibly good -- and then you get to the final checkout page and see the delivery options. Shop around for low shipping costs and discount deals; for example, a dealer might waive the delivery charge for an order over a certain amount. For the greatest savings, look for online ordering that allows you to pick the cabinet doors up at a local store.
- Choose "bang and dent" doors. If you want to really save on cash, choose doors that have been rejected by the manufacturer for minor dents, scratches and other issues. These cabinet doors are often sold at a deep discount, and often the issues can be covered up with a little sanding work and a layer of paint.
- Recycle your old cabinet doors. Rather than dispose of your old cabinet doors, why not make a little money by listing them on places like eBay or Craigslist? This gets them off your hands, gives you a small amount of money for your trouble and does good things for the environment by keeping your old cabinet doors out of the landfill.
- Get good estimates. Contact a few contractors for estimates on what the installation will cost. Make sure every item included in the estimate is clearly stated, and ask any questions about things that might be negotiated, such as disposal fees. We can help you get in touch with licensed, bonded and insured* contractors in your local area.
Cabinet refacing really can save money, but make sure you are getting the best deal before you hand over your credit card number or sign on the dotted line. With a little research and cutting creative corners, you can have a looks-new kitchen for a steal.
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