Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Smart San Diego Homeowners Opt For Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

by Gabriel Traverso
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Most homeowners are not seeing the home appreciation they enjoyed during the past few years. If prices in your San Diego neighborhood seem to be flattening, rethink your expensive kitchen remodeling plans and find a more effective way to spend your money.

Kitchen Cabinet Prices are High: Is It Worth the Cost?

Often, homeowners consider kitchen remodeling as gutting their kitchen, installing new cabinets, and putting in expensive new appliances. It's true that if you have an older San Diego home your kitchen might seem like it needs drastic modernization--but think about kitchen cabinet refacing instead. The cost of new kitchen cabinets often doesn't make sense. In fact, in last year's Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling Magazine found that you could get a better return on your money by spending less. In the San Diego area, spending around $20,000 yielded a return of over 106%. A major and more expensive kitchen remodeling project returned less than 90% ROI.

Kitchen Remodeling the Easy Way

Before you sink big bucks into that expensive new fridge or fancy stove, consider how the San Diego real estate market is performing right now. Industry experts at Fiserv are predicting home prices in San Diego to drop by 1.3% over the next year--does it really make sense to spend all that money on new kitchen cabinets? Kitchen cabinet refacing not only costs less, it also requires less demolition and can usually be completed in much less time than a full cabinet remodeling job.

San Diego Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Kitchen cabinet refacing does require that you have solid cabinet boxes--if your kitchen cabinets are old or worn out you might not be able to have them refaced. In an interview with HGTV, Gary Reynolds, a cabinet builder in North Carolina, explains, "Cabinets built prior to the 1980s were generally built of better materials than newer ones." It's a good idea to have your cabinets looked at before you make up your mind.


About the Author
Gabriel Traverso is a freelance writer, professional musician, and an artist. He resides with his family in Reno, NV.

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