Kitchen remodeling can be extremely disruptive – not only is the homeowner faced with the daunting prospect of perhaps having to live on take out meals for an extended period of time – but they also face some potentially steep bills for the replacement of essential fittings such as kitchen cupboards.
However, there are ways to save significant amounts of money when the time comes to replace cupboards.
Many of these cost saving measures do rely on the fact that the homeowner is not daunted by the fact that he or she may have to fit the cupboards themselves – but the good news is that even the novice handyman (or woman) should not find the task that complex.
However – sourcing the replacement cupboards, rather than relying on a contractor to do it can lead to such significant savings that it may still be possible to hire someone to do the fitting and still save.
That said here are some great ideas to save money when replacing those kitchen cupboards.
Craigslist is a great way to find second hand cupboards. They are usually much cheaper than new. In some instances the cupboards might even be free. However, the homeowner may have to remove the cupboards themselves and load and transport them – so that has to be taken into account when using Craigslist as as source.
For those who want to go the DIY route there are many companies on the web – including big name retailers that will supply flat pack cupboard units for self assembly and fitting. However, the downside is the shipping costs. The packages are bulky and heavy and this can lead to significant charges when it comes to shipping. If the order is large enough – and this means probably over $4,000 there may be a free shipping option. Make sure that you read the fine print before placing the order.
Then there is always the IKEA option. Ultra modern design and prices that will be pleasing to almost everyone. The only challenge is that the homeowner needs to like the minimalist designs that are on offer.Once again some knowledge of DIY is required. However, as much as there are countless jokes about the instructions that come with IKEA products the reality is that the instructions are usually extremely clear.
For those who are willing to put in the miles and are long on persistence display cabinets can be bought at significant savings. Keep visiting local home stores that have units on display. These are usually rotated on a regular basis. Speak to the store manager and find out when the next rotation will happen. Once you find one that fits in to your remodeling time frame ask how much the display unit would cost if you bought it. Even offer to put down a small deposit.
It is possible to find kitchen cupboards at a fraction of the price that a contractor would charge to source and install them. Some patience and a keen eye for a bargain could save you thousands.