A substantial portion of the budget associated with refacing cabinets goes toward the cabinet refacing materials. The decision to reface your cabinets is typically a budget-conscious decision; if you weren't interested in saving money, you would probably remodel your entire kitchen and simply buy new cabinets. Yet for some reason, the same budget-conscious consumers who opt for refacing their cabinets go all out on cabinet refacing materials and spend way more than is needed. But the smart do-it-yourselfer is figuring out that they can save a lot of money on this purchase by cutting out the middleman and ordering the supplies themselves.
If this sounds like a good idea, there is one step you should still take. Even if you plan to do the entire project by yourself, consider bringing in a professional to get you started. Have them assist you in creating an estimate, and also get their expert advice on building your materials list. This simple step gives you the peace of mind that you're starting your project in the best, most efficient manner.
Making sure you have a complete list of all the cabinet refacing materials you need is one of the most important aspects of the project. While you save money by cutting out the middleman and ordering materials yourself, without a professional's advice, you run the risk of making a costly mistake and delaying your project.
It's also good practice to shop around so you become familiar with the typical price of most cabinet refacing materials. As in any retail operation, companies include a markup for their services, which is passed on to you. Doing research can help familiarize you with what is the current fair market price of materials. Consumers know it's great to be able to do things on their own; the cost savings can be tremendous. However, having to redo a project because of insufficient planning and experience can be very expensive and frustrating, so start your project off on the right foot.
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