Cabinet Remodeling - What To Look Out For
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be an expensive affair,
depending on how extensive the remodeling project will be. The kitchen
and bath are the most frequently used areas of the home, so they
get the most use over time and tend to show wear and tear faster
than other parts of the house.
Cabinet remodeling is usually a big part of updating a kitchen
or bathroom, as well as replacing counter tops, adding flooring,
or updating appliances and fixtures. Complete cabinet remodeling
is an option if the old cabinets are outdated, if more cabinet space
is needed, or if re-facing isn't an option. Stripping, re-staining,
and varnishing existing cabinets can be quite a job, but well worth
all the work if the original cabinets are to be preserved.
To get an idea just how much your remodeling project is going to
cost, get a few estimates from local contractors that specialize
in home remodeling. Ask to see their portfolio of completed projects
and ask to have the estimates based on at least two remodel options.
If cabinet remodeling is included, ask for replacement cost versus
re-finishing or re-facing.
This could make a considerable difference in the final cost of
the remodel. If cabinet remodeling involves replacing all the cabinets,
then possibly less could be spent on other items, such as appliances,
to make up the difference. If money is no option, then by all means,
go all out! Get what you really want the first time! Beautiful quality
cabinets are a nice addition to any home, which not only raises
the value of your home, but makes your home more functional too.
Before starting any major project, consider all of your cabinet
remodeling options for the kitchen, bath, and laundry areas before
making a decision. If enlisting the help of a "professional", not
only look at their portfolio and talk to them in length, but check
them out with the local Better Business Bureau. If there have been
any reported complaints against a company, they will be listed with
Also listed is the status of the complaint, and whether the company
resolved the issue with the client, and what action was taken. All
home owners are encouraged to be knowledgeable consumers and research
their remodeling project thoroughly before hiring any company to
do work in their home, so they can recognize a scam if they are
ever in that situation. Cabinet remodeling or any type of home improvement,
though it can be an inconvenience, is well worth all the headaches
in the end. Just make sure it's money well spent!