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Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet Expert

by Miriam Kasdan
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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Although the cost of refacing kitchen cabinets--anywhere from $4,000 to $9,000--might seem high at first, homeowners can rest assured that its much less than the cost of a new kitchen. If its a new look youre going for, then refacing the cabinets may be just the ticket.

Several companies that offer both kitchen cabinet refacing and remodeling jobs claim that even a high-end refacing job is half the cost of remodeling. There are a lot of hidden costs involved in ordering new cabinets, including handles, molding, installation, sales tax, and delivery charges. And lets not forget the mess and disruption in your kitchen.

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Besides consulting the experts at home centers, you can find kitchen cabinet refacers in the phone book under "Kitchen Cabinets and Equipment-Household." The quality of work can vary widely, so try to get recommendations from people you trust, and visit the companys showroom. If the company doesnt have a showroom, a rep can visit you armed with samples of veneers, kitchen cabinet hardware, counters, and cabinet doors. Be sure to discuss the process in detail, as well as the aesthetics.

Companies can range from small mom-and-pop operations to nationwide retailers. It will be easy to get several bids. Before signing a contract, check references and insurance coverage carefully. Ask lots of questions, and make sure you understand the terms of the warranty (for example, whether its based on a full-replacement or pro-rated cost).

About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years, and specializes in home-improvement features.

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