DIY kitchen cabinets or not?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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If you hate your kitchen cabinets like I hate mine, you’ve probably had those moments when a crow bar and hammer would have helped your mood. In between thoughts of “Should we just rip them out?”…you need to take stock of your options.

DIY home improvement or not?

On the DIY scale, installing kitchen cabinets is considered moderately difficult. According to Realtor.com, you need power drills, various screwdrivers, measuring tapes and levels to make sure the cabinets are level and plumb. You need to know how to cut and install trim molding. And, you need someone to help set the cabinets and hold them while you install them.

You also need a plan for disposing of the old cabinets and related debris, taking out a permit and sealing off adjacent rooms during the work.

Finding the right remodeling contractor

If you’re wondering when to DIY or hire a contractor, here’s good advice from Angie’s List. Unless you have a track record of completing home improvement projects, avoid:

  1. Plumbing or electrical; too many things can go wrong.
  2. Large projects, such as kitchen or bathroom remodeling.
  3. Tearing up more than one room.
  4. Working when you’re tired or have had a few beers. You’d be surprised what power tools can do when you’re not focused!

Next step? Find a good remodeling contractor. The key is finding a contractor who specializes in kitchen remodeling projects, not room additions, roofing or electrical work. After you get through the questions about references, work history and insurance, toss this question out: How much money do you have in your pocket?

You don’t really want to know, of course, but you want to watch for the contractor’s reaction. If the contractor is defensive and hostile….look out. A good contractor might give you a confused look or break out in a smile. Either way, you’ll know which path to take.

DIY or not? You decide. Then sit back and enjoy your new kitchen cabinets.

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