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Question DetailsAsked on 9/5/2017

We are planning to hire lowe's to install the new floors for the house and kitchen and repaint the wall.

I woule like to know how much it could be. Our house is about 1000 sqf with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathroom, a walk -in closet, kitchen, hallway and a living room. In addition, we will move everything but would like to know if we can keave the kitchen cabinets alone and just cover them with plastic and tape. Would it be okay? Thanks

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Good Luck - if I were you I would google for comments and complaints about getting home improvement services from box stores - not a stunning record for any of them, to say the least. You tend to get no better prices than from reputable local contractors because they use cheap subs but then add on the store project management fee and profit, but the vendors who sub to the box stores (and home warranty companies) tend to, in my opinion, companies who accept the lower than normal payment from them because they are unable to get work based on their own reputation, and tend to be the less experienced or less competent of the lot.

Not to mention their "project managers" are spread over a lot of jobs, and typically have little or sometimes zero experience - saw one box store job where their "project manager" was just a couple of weeks out of high school and admitted he had zero construciton / home improvement experience or exposure.

And bear in mind many of the box stores operate illegally in many states without general contractor license or bonding or construction company insurance, even though they are acting as a General Contractor.

Also bear in mind they generally limit the materials to the products they sell - thereby limiting your choices and product quality.

Anyway - you can find a lot of previous questions with answers, including ballpark typical costs, for flooring and and painting in the Home > Flooring and Home > Painting links under Browse Projects, at lower left.

I don't know why "you" would have to protect the cabinets - that is the painter's job, and making it part of their scope also makes any damage their problem to rectify, whereas if you do the masking and protective sheeting/dropcloths then they have a potential out by saying it was not done right or was not tough enough, etc. But yes - leaving kitchen cabinets in place and masking/protecting them is standard practice in repainting a kitchen. Ditto to built-in appliances, thouogh unless you want to do a real cheapo job, appliances like reefer and range and such should be pulled out and painted behind - which typically menas a THOROUGH cleaning first because those areas tend to accumulate airborne cooking grease and lint. My position is never "share" responsibility with a contractor - make the entire job or task his responsibility.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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