From Dean Dowd on August 12, 2010 in Kitchen Remodel
Considering how much of your kitchen remodeling budget is eaten up by cabinet installation (approximately half, if you can believe it), its important to make sure that youre involved in the process every step of the way. Here are some tips to make sure your cabinet installation is a success. First things first. Choose your cabinets wisely:
#1Put your two cents in
Dont let your contractor, designer, or architect choose your cabinets for you. Homeowners that arent in control of this decision are more likely to report a problem or change their mind down the road. Remember, youre the one that has to look at them every day.
#2Dont let cost drive your decision
Yes, you have a budget. But if you plan on buying cheap cabinets today, chances are youll have larger problems in the future. Instead, choose the best material you can afford and skip the nonessentials, like glazing.
Next, plan your installation the right way:
#3Check those references
If youve chosen a contractor, make sure you speak to former customers and suppliers that have worked with the company. Also check if your contractor is certified by the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), or has been pre-screened and approved by CalFinder. This means youre working with someone that is:
- Experienced in the industry
- Reviewed for quality work
- Licensed, bonded and insured
#4Make a plan ahead of time
Having a plan before the installer arrives will make for smooth sailing when its time to get an estimate. He should be able to make the final decisions like height and location of outlets after looking at the space.
#5Dont neglect your old cabinets
Remember, the estimate you receive wont just be for new cabinetsyour installer has to demolish and remove your old cabinets first. So allow a little room in the budget for that.
#6Mind your wall mountings
Before the installation, make sure to reinforce wall-cabinet mounting strips, especially if they are made from particleboard.
Follow these tips and youll be on your way to shiny new kitchen cabinets in no time. And yes, itll be worth the effort.