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Estimating and Pricing for Cabinet Installation

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Estimating and Pricing for Cabinet Installation

Change is a great thing. In fact, it’s one of the cool things about being a homeowner. Don’t like the color of a room? You can just repaint it? Don’t like carpeted floors? Pull it up and install hardwood. Don’t like that wall there? Just knock it down (as long as it isn’t load-bearing). The same can be said for your cabinets. You may just assume that the cabinets that came with your house, or the ones you chose when you first moved in, are the ones you’re stuck with. However, you are always free to upgrade or change. In fact, changing your cabinets is one way to change the entire look of your home with relative ease.


But the first step in this process is figuring out how much it’s going to cost you. Read this guide to learn what you need to know about how to price a cabinet installation.

  1. Changing your cabinets is one way to change the entire look of your home with relative ease.

    1.Why it’s important to price cabinet installation

    Pricing your cabinet installation will help you keep track of your funds. Whether money is no object or you are counting every penny – you should always have a budget. And it’s easy with home improvement projects to get lost in all the choices available to you and end up spending more than you intended. Pricing this project means that you’ll go into it with a realistic expectation of how much you will pay – and you will have a greater chance of sticking with that number.

  2. 2.Who will be doing your cabinet installation?

    Is this a job you’ll be doing yourself, or will you be contracting the work out. If you’re doing it yourself, you will be saving yourself a lot of money but you’ll make up for that with the time and effort you’ll have to expend. For some people, it’s worth it but for others it totally isn’t. If you are contracting the job out, do yourself a favor: give yourself options. Have two or three people in mind for the job. Explain to them what you want to do and get quotes. This is a good, commitment-free way of figuring out how much you should expect to pay for the job.

  3. 3.Are there any factors that will make this installation more difficult?

    Is your home really small or awkwardly laid out? Are your cabinets especially large or difficult to install in some way? Do you have a somewhat limited amount of time in which to get the work done? Extenuating circumstances may mean that the job will be more costly to complete. Think about whether you have any when pricing this job.

  5. 4.Is this part of a larger project?

    Are you just installing one cabinet or is this part of a larger remodel? If so, you’ll want to consider what other work you are having done too. In fact, sometimes if a contractor knows you’ll be spending more money on other work, they may cut you a deal or have special offers. Sometimes it makes financial sense to bundle together large projects – ask potential contractors if that will be the case with yours.


    Don’t get overwhelmed by your impending cabinet work. It’s easy to do as long as you tackle it a little at a time. Thinking about how much you’re going to spend is a great start. Find the right contractor, stay within your budget, and you’ll be looking at the finish line in no time!

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