Thursday, February 5, 2015

How to Budget for Kitchen Cabinets

When planning to do a kitchen remodel, it's very important to think about the whole project ahead of time, and budget accordingly. There's many different items that go into a Kitchen remodel, but the foundation to the whole project is your Cabinets, Of all the items like flooring, counter tops, and appliances there's really only one that can't be re-done again in a few years if you decide to upgrade, and that's cabinetry.  Keeping that in mind it's important to get the right cabinets for your project, because you don't want to throw away 10K worth of granite counter tops trying to replace 4K worth of cabinets.

There are so many different types of cabinets out there these days, that choosing the right product for any project can be a little confusing. At Cabinet Pro Supply, we are experts at this because we've worked on all types of cabinets projects, all over the country. Some shops charge more than others, but if you do a little comparative shopping you will find some basic categories that all shops charge either more or less for. There are the imported stock cabinets, the entry level American made cabinets built for cheaper housing, mid-level semi-custom cabinetry and the higher end American factory made custom cabinetry. There are also craftspeople who make their own custom cabinetry locally, it's hard to say where these cabinets fit in, because it depends on the individual making them.

The first things to consider when budgeting for cabinets is why you're doing the project in the first place. Is this a starter home, remodel, your dream house, a spec home, a flipper etc. Another thing is how long you want the cabinets to last, there's a reason cabinets come with different warranty periods. American manufacturers use the same doors and finishes for many years, even decades and are able to match and replace parts many years down the road.  The last thing, and one of the most important to consider, is the value of the property you're installing the cabinets in. There's no point in putting a 50K dollar kitchen in a 200K dollar home, unless  you're going to stay there for a long time and enjoy it yourself. On the other hand unless your planning on flipping the home, putting cheap cabinets in an area with million dollar homes probably isn't a good idea either. Friends, neighbors and potential buyers can spot those things pretty quickly.

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