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Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

The Right Cabinet Contractor Makes All the Difference

by Kelly Richardson
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Did you know that one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is hiring a good friend or family member to install their cabinets? It may be cheaper, but you run the risk of serious disappointment at the conclusion of the project. Hiring a professional cabinet contractor ensures the quality of the install.

When you purchase new kitchen cabinets, chances are you'll have to have them installed by a contractor. Most manufacturers defer installation to a list of professionals that they compile. Because you want this project done right, allowing a professional to install your cabinets is a must. But how do you select the right one? You don't want your cabinet installation to become a horror story that people tell to warn of the dangers of hiring the wrong contractor. Here's a simple two part process for success.

What to Do Before the Project

  • Get Several Opinions. Don't underestimate the power of several contractors bidding for your business. Drive prices down by shopping around.
  • Call References. When you find a cabinet guy that you like, ask and check her list of references. Find out what his past customers thought of her.
  • Get it in Writing. Unless you have a written contract with explicit project details, don't assume anything. Make sure the expectations are clear on both sides.

Securing a cabinet contractor that you feel comfortable with is half the battle won. But it's not the end of your responsibilities. There are some things you can do during the project that will keep things moving in the right direction.

As the Project Progresses

  • Check His Progress. You don't have to stand over the back of your contractor, but it's well within your right to examine the project at various stages.
  • Be Available. Leaving the house for extended periods of time might extend the project. If you're at home, the contractor can work. It's that simple.
  • Ask for a Walk-through. Have your contractor show you your new cabinets. Make sure that doors meet and drawers slide. Any needed repairs can be made on the spot.

Hiring a contractor is always a gamble. But you can tip the odds in your favor by doing your homework and following the project to the end.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson covers the home improvement scene in between his seasonal projects. His articles appear wherever intelligent interior design is valued.

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