Kitchen Remodeling Reading PA
So I recently was contacted by someone who had seen my blog that talked about frustrated homeowners. He mentioned that he had gotten a wide range of ($6,000.00 to $20,000.00 ) quotes from several different cabinet suppliers. He was definitely frustrated and confused so I thought that I would pass along my response to his questions.
You have raised a number of questions so let me attempt to address them one by one. I often tell my customers that determining your remodeling budget is perhaps the most important first step you’ll take towards completing any successful remodeling project. I don’t know what region of the country you are in but the new real-estate realities necessitates that you need to find the sweet spot where you are making a good investment and not overspending. In most cases that means spending somewhere between 10% and 15% of your home’s value on your remodel and the cabinetry portion of that should be in the 40% to 50% of that number. So if your home is worth $100,000.00, your overall budget should be approximately $10,000 to $15,000 and the cabinetry would be in the $5,000 to $7,000 range. If you want more detail you can download a free budgeting brochure at our website: www.creationcabs.com
So once that number is established you can then move onto who can provide the best value for that budgeted amount. You mentioned inset off white glazed cabinets. These are by far the most expensive style of cabinets. They require a great deal more craftsmanship and they also are not always the best choice for some homeowners. First because of the nature of wood, expanding and contracting combined with the minimum space tolerances used around the inset door, unless your home is one with a very controlled temp and humidity you could have some problems with the doors sticking over time. Second again because of the nature of wood a painted door style is going to show splits in the paint at all of your joints. The only way to avoid these problems is to use an MDF material for your doors.
Third in my experience working with a semi custom cabinet manufacturer I would look for someone who manages the complete process, from saw-mill to delivery of your cabinets. The more middle men you can eliminate along the way the less they can blame the other guy if you have any cabinets. The same goes for your installation. If the person that sells you the cabinets is the same group of people who install your cabinets the less chance of miscommunication and mistakes and passing the buck when things go wrong.
And finally one of the best ways to check on someone’s reliability is to ask for past customer surveys. We use an independent organization called Quild Quality to follow up on our completed jobs. They ask a series of question regarding pricing, quality of material, clean up after the job, effectiveness and ease of communication and then range each question on a scale of 1 – 4.
Something else I noticed was that you used a few odd sizes in you design, 28″ sink cabinet, that would require extra cost, semi custom cabinetry are sized in 3″ increment starting at 9″. 9″ 12″ 15″ 18″ up to 36″ to 48″ dependent on the cabinet company. So if you used a 27″ or 30″ sink cabinet you would save money.