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How to Get New Wood Cabinets on a Budget

by Greg Keefer

Knowing how much to budget for your new wood cabinets before you start can prevent unpleasant surprises at checkout time. Here's a primer on how to start figuring your costs.

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Hiring a Professional Cabinet Contractor

Enlisting the services of a professional cabinet installer is a smart option if you're not handy or have never hung wood cabinets before. Hiring a pro is expensive, but he'll (hopefully) do the job right the first time through. If you want flawless results, this is the way to go.

Get written estimates from two or three contractors who are experienced, insured, and have few or no complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. Ask for references, and call them.

Do-It-Yourself Cabinetry

Many homeowners are willing to give wood cabinet installation a try when money is tight. Your biggest investment during DIY projects, other than the actual wood cabinets, is your time.

Take stock of what you'll need before visiting the home improvement store:

  • Drill
  • Screws and anchors
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill and bits
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Shims

You'll also need a patient, and knowledgeable, friend or two to help.

How To Price New Wood Cabinets

Shopping a variety of outlets is the best way to get the cabinets you want at the lowest price. But, balancing low costs with desired quality is always a juggling act. Once you decide on the style, wood, and cabinet size:

  • Comparison shop--visit home improvement stores, lumber yards, and online retail outlets
  • Check with your contractor to see if he's willing to pass along what he saves on his contractor discount if he buys the cabinetry
  • Check retail liquidation sales and seasonal price reductions

Finding the right wood cabinets at the right price can get you started on the right foot. From there, decide if your budget allows for a pro or if you can install your new wood cabinets yourself.


About the Author

Greg Keefer has been a do-it-yourselfer with lots of experience in how to do things right and how to do them wrong. He enjoys sharing his experience with the hope of helping others to

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