We call this an information age. There is so much information out there and people dont know what to believe and whom to trust. When you go to price out your kitchen, here are some questions you should ask your kitchen designer. 

I recently met a flipper & he said that he saw cherry looking cabinets from a chinese store & got the quote for $1500. I told him that wouldnt last him even for a couple of years & he replied- I dont care. I just want to sell the house. No ones going to use those cabinets until it sells & then it’s not my problem. This is how flippers think, cannot help that. They want to make the most out of their investment.

Unfortunetly this is what someone buys thinking they are getting a brand new kitchen.

I asked him, would you put that in your own home? He answers immediately- Hell No.

I had another client whom I gave a quote for $4500 and they were asking me if installation was included. where is everyone getting their information from?

I’m not sure where everyone gets these numbers from. I know Joanna Gaines & Chip have been super popular on HGTV. I’m not sure what you can get in Texas, but in New Jersey a kitchen renovation could easily cost you $25-30K for a basic renovation where you arent taking off any walls. Majority of the people end up painting their kitchen & redoing everything else and that still costs atleast $15k or more.

So when you do see these cheap cabinets which are available, ask yourself these questions.

white shaker cabinets with black granite

Do you really want to go through another renovation again within the next 5 years? 

  • Are the cabinets solid wood cabinets? what is on the center panel of the door? wood or MDF?
  • Are your cabinets all plywood cabinets?
  • How thick is the back of the cabinet? (Do you reinforce the back because that’s what gets attached to the studs)
  • Are the sides finished? If so is it a true finish or a veneer?
  • Are the drawers dovetailed, full extension & soft close?
  • Do doors also come as soft close? Or is it an upgrade?
  • Are the drawers side mounted or under mounted?
  • What kind of warranty do I get on cabinets? Lifetime warranty vs 1 year vs 5 years
  • How long will it take to get my cabinets?You never save any money by going for the cheapest cabinets. On the contrary you end up spending way more than what you intended because you will be dealing with many problems in the next 5 years.

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