Learning About Kitchen Cabinets

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I'm on a quest for learning about kitchen cabinets.

Yes, I've been renovating houses for a while as a real estate investor. I've been rehabbing houses which include gutting and rebuilding kitchens. Cost effective solutions for upgrading kitchens is one of the ways we as investors make money on flipping houses.

I've been relying on my contractors and investment partners to advise me about the best options for kitchen cabinets. I have seen that cabinets prices vary dramatically depending upon different factors such as number of cabinets, quality, and size.

The bid I got on a bank owned property for the kitchen renovation has been double of what I know it can be for the the particular house I'm rehabbing. I know the cost of the cabinets could be about 50% of what I'm hearing the contractors quoting.

So finally I have decided that it is time for me to learn about kitchen cabinets in greater detail.

My first stop has been to my local home improvement super store. I went to the kitchen section and found the isle where they sell kitchen cabinets in boxes. This is the perfect low cost solution for the type of house I'm goint to rehab for my latest renovation project.

I took wrote down information in my spiral notebook and took some pictures. I filled a page full of information on sizes and prices of cabinets. Armeed with this information, I'm now in the process of running the numbers for the cost of kitchen cabinets.

So far it appears that I'm right. I can buy the cabinets I need for my latest project for about half of the price contractors have been bidding on the job.

Kitchen Cabinets

Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Yes there is a lot of difference between the quality and prices of cabinets. The ones you purchase for your home are not the same ones the contractors use to rehab a REO home. Homeowners should do their own investigations before they hire a contractor. Typically you can purchase the cabinets and the store has an installer put them in. This is your best deal usually.

Aug 22, 2011 05:59 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi John,

Nice post.

Of course, the irony is that most of the time we rip out strong boxes built of real wood, and install pressboard boxes with fancy real woods fronts and doors and drawer fronts.

But hey! It looks nice!!

Thanks for sharing


Aug 22, 2011 06:05 PM
John Marion
RE/MAX Town & Country - Canton, GA

Kristen, I'm still learning. The house I'm renovating is not a high end house by any means, so I want to get the best bang for my buck when it comes to the kitchen.

Aug 22, 2011 06:42 PM
John Marion
RE/MAX Town & Country - Canton, GA

Phil, I agree. The ones I will be taking out are good quality but dated and are simply not good enough for reselling the house. I will be putting in real wood (oak) cabinets and not fabricated / simulated wood.

Aug 22, 2011 06:44 PM
Kitchen Cabinets

Good quality is the most important factor for the kitchen cabinet. Thanks for such nice and valuable post. keep continue..

Sep 10, 2011 01:39 AM