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Question DetailsAsked on 1/26/2012

About kitchen cabinets

Is it worth it to replace cabinets in your kitchen if you're not going to reconfigure the kitchen or should you reface. Any ideas of reputable vendors to do the job.

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There's a bit more to consider here. What type of cabinets do you currently have. If they are solid material such as oak I would just refinish or reface them. Short of building custom cabinets you likely won't get the same quality again. If they are prefab units or MDF I'd look into replacing them. Whether any of it is "worth it" is a relative question. To some it may be and to others not so much. The thing to ask yourself is what is your return on investment. This can be either monitarily or in your own satisfaction. If your cabinets are on par with the rest of the neighborhood and you like them ok then leave them be. If they are dated and looking out of place it's generally time for a makeover.

For resale purposes (even if it's not a possiblity now) you could speak to a local Realtor about the trend in your neighborhood to see if you are keeping pace with what the market dictates. Many are willing to give you a little guidance over the phone just for the possibility to expand their customer base, either with you personally or by a referral. You can overdo it and put too much in that you'll never recover. This is called overbuilding or outbuilding the neighborhood. It typically refers to additions and major remodels but it's something to consider. If you put thousands of dollars into a face lift is it going to be worth it to the next person if you have to sell in the future?

It really comes down to what your taste and preference is. Only do what you can afford and because you want to, not because you feel pressured to keep up with others. For a reputable contractor to advise you of your options and associated costs check out Angie's List. Sign in (or create an account if you haven't yet) and browse the experts in your area.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Consider lower cost (smart) replacement options. Here's a case study on a small condo kitchen remodel in which we helped a client get a gorgeous new look for much less:

Good luck!



Answered 8 years ago by HMDhome

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