From Kayla on August 12th, 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), it’s important to make sure that you’re 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:
#1—Put your two cents in
Don’t let your contractor, designer, or architect choose your cabinets for you. Homeowners that aren’t in control of this decision are more likely to report a problem or change their mind down the road. Remember, you’re the one that has to look at them every day.
#2—Don’t let cost drive your decision
Yes, you have a budget. But if you plan on buying cheap cabinets today, chances are you’ll 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:
#3—Check those references
If you’ve 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 you’re working with someone that is:
- Experienced in the industry
- Reviewed for quality work
- Licensed, bonded and insured
#4—Make a plan ahead of time
Having a plan before the installer arrives will make for smooth sailing when it’s 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.
#5—Don’t neglect your old cabinets
Remember, the estimate you receive won’t just be for new cabinets—your installer has to demolish and remove your old cabinets first. So allow a little room in the budget for that.
#6—Mind 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 you’ll be on your way to shiny new kitchen cabinets in no time. And yes, it’ll be worth the effort.