09:17AM | 03/29/07
Member Since: 03/28/07
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I have a dilemma, We are remodeling our kitchen on a budget because we plan to move. Currently my kitchen is all 1960's down to the appliances and the cabinet door are some plastic wood looking stuff and the insides are what looks like press board or something.

Anyway I want to rip them out and replace them with new cabinets cheap but nice, my husband on the other hand thinks we should reface the old ones and just buy new ones to match to put in the one area we need more cabinets because he thinks it will be more cost effective.

Now we had an estimate a year ago from a home improvement company that was going to reface our old cabinets, build the new ones we wanted, install a new floor and add new appliances but they wanted $16,000.

Is that the norm?

Was it too high or right on?

Are there ways to get a remodeled kitchen that will help us sell w/out breaking the bank? I hate to put a chunk of money into a kitchen I wont get to enjoy and I know we won't get much return on because of the area we are selling in...

Please help...


03:44PM | 03/29/07
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
A new kitchen won't guarantee that you'll get your money back from the remodel. But it might make it more appealing to buyers- hence, the home might be easier to sell.

While I can't answer your question directly, I do think buyers know more than sellers realize about quality, and are willing to pay for it, to a point - as justified by comparable sales in the same area.

Matching cabinetry can be a tougher job than you think.

I think new cabinetry is generally worth the price rather than refacing (just one man's opinion). Kitchen cabinet installation, for an experienced DIYer, is (I think) a job one can do themselves if they have time. If you are able to do it yourselves (Yes, time consuming and disruptive!!) it may be worth the trouble.

Buyers love a fresh kitchen - but it shouldn't be too slap-dash or they'll be on to you.

Good luck on your home sale and your move!


-k2 in CO

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