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Should You Reface Cabinets Yourself or Hire a Pro?

by Jessica Santina

With the average cabinet refacing job totaling between $1,000 and $5,000--a fraction of the cost of the average remodel--it's no wonder that refacing is the home improvement of choice for many people. But should you do it yourself or hire a professional?

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Here are some things to consider:

Refacing Cabinets Yourself

  • You'll save money. Obviously, not having to pay a professional for labor will save you a few bucks.
  • It's pretty easy. With a few exceptions, cabinet refacing is a simple job that the average do-it-yourself homeowner can complete in about a week.
  • You can personalize the work. The advantage of doing the job yourself is that you can be inspired to customize as you go. It's a great creative outlet.
  • You won't have contractors in your house. As anyone who's remodeled their home can tell you, it can be pretty irritating to have contractors arriving at the crack of dawn and making a mess in your kitchen. Doing it yourself means the schedule is entirely up to you.

Hiring a Professional

  • It might not cost as much as you think. Professionals have connections to vendors and the advantage of getting quantity discounts in their orders. This might ultimately save you money on materials.
  • Measurements are everything. Do you know how to measure framed or frameless and single- or double-door cabinet configurations? Do you know how to use those measurements to order materials properly? Pros do this for a living and take the guesswork out of it.
  • Your time is valuable. Sure, you can do it yourself, but with all the cleaning and prep work involved, it might take a while. The average refacing job only takes professional cabinet refacers about a day or two to complete.

About the Author

Jessica Santina is a freelance writer and editor with 11 years' experience in media, marketing, and publishing, and 8 years' experience as a college writing instructor.

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