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Cabinet Makers

Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Home Improvement

Choosing the type of cabinets for your home can be a bigger decision than you expect. Cabinets can have a large impact on the style of your kitchen and they are one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. Use the following tips as a guide when choosing a cabinet maker.

Tips for Choosing a Cabinet Maker:

Do Your Research.
 There are a number of different retailers that provide cabinets such as, building supply stores, kitchen and bath retailers, and home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes. There is also the option to design and purchase your cabinets from a custom cabinet business. Get quotes from a variety of sources to compare quality and price. Be sure to ask the business upfront if they provide installation. Try to find a business that will install the cabinets, otherwise it could increase the cost and cause issues with the cabinet’s measurements.

Ask for Recommendations.  Ask friends, family members, or a reputable contractor to suggest reliable cabinet makers. Check out the businesses you are considering with to read reviews and do not have any outstanding complaints.

Request a Written Estimate.  Once you have compiled a list of business it’s time to request a written estimate from at least three of the cabinet makers. The written estimate should include a detailed description of the cabinets you are purchasing, along with the cost of the cabinets and installation.

Check Credentials.  Be sure to ask the cabinet maker what they will do to assure the quality of the cabinets. The cabinet maker should be appropriately insured in case of an accident on the job. Request the cabinet maker to provide a list of references you may contact. Speak to a few of the references to ask about their experience with the cabinet maker. If possible, check out the cabinets in person to inspect the quality and see how they have held up over time.

Leave the Measurements to The Experts.  Measurements are a crucial component of creating and installing cabinets. For this reason, it’s best to let the cabinet makers do all the measurements because being off by just an inch could lead to problems. Letting the business take the measurements will also ensure you will not be responsible for any dimensions that are off.

Read the Written Agreement Carefully.  The written contract should include: start and completion dates, specific cabinet materials being used, detailed description of the finished product, costs, payment schedule, and the procedure for changing a detail in the contract. Be sure to ask if the cabinets will come with a warranty or guarantee, and be sure the details are included in the agreement.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

Questions and Comments

Comment Submitted 6/16/2014

You have provided customers with some fantastic advice. The main thing I tell my client is, to not be afraid of saying you dislike something about our design. There is nothing worse than making a piece of furniture and customer hating it from the get go, but too embarrassed to say to. ***********************************
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