DIY OR PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN CABINETRY INSTALLATION: WHICH IS BETTER?
Find the Best Cabinet Installation Option for Your California Home
New cabinetry is an excellent way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen (and make it more functional too). And while it’s fun to head over to your Lincoln, California home improvement showroom and explore all the different designs, at some point you have to ask yourself the big question: are you going to attempt to install the kitchen cabinetry yourself or bring in a professional?
To help you answer that question, read below to learn about the main pros and cons of each option.
If this is not your first venture into the world of DIY home improvement projects, then cabinetry installation is worth considering. Check out the benefits below, but definitely keep the chief drawbacks in mind as well.
The obvious benefit of DIY installation is cost savings. You’re not paying for the time and expertise of a professional cabinet installer, so you have more wiggle room in your kitchen renovation budget. The other main benefit for many homeowners is the ability to participate in a fun, creative, and hands-on project. You get the satisfaction of saying that you created that gorgeous kitchen.
As fun as the project may be, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about all the things that can go wrong with a DIY kitchen cabinetry installation.
First, keep in mind that kitchen cabinets are heavy to begin with, and when you start loading those cabinets up with your wedding china or favorite dishware, you’re adding even more weight. If the cabinets aren’t installed correctly (AKA bolted to studs in the walls with appropriate hardware and level measurements), they are very likely to fall. Everything inside the cabinets will likely break, and if someone happens to be standing in the kitchen when the cabinets start falling off the walls, you’re also risking serious injury.
It’s also worth noting that because cabinets are so heavy, you’re going to need several people (preferably frequent gym-goers) to hold them in place during installation.
In short: if you don’t feel comfortable with the time, effort, and expertise involved with DIY, you’re much better off hiring someone who knows what they’re doing.
Northern California has plenty of experienced, skilled, and reliable cabinetry installers, so if you’re considering professional installation, you’re in luck. Here are the main benefits and drawbacks:
There are a lot of good things that come with a professional installation. To name a few…
- Low Effort: Not everyone has the time or patience to spend their weekends working on remodeling their kitchens. It’s simply easier to tell the professional what you want and then go on with your life while they handle everything for you.
- Peace of Mind: With a professional installation comes the assurance that it is done right. You don’t have to worry about the quality of the work, especially if you choose a reputable company that offers warranties and guaranties of all their projects.
- Polished Finish: It’s easy for things to go wrong with a DIY project, resulting in scuffs or cabinets that aren’t quite the way you pictured. If you’re a perfectionist who wants a high-quality result, that’s what the pros can give you.
If you are on a tight budget, then choosing a professional installation might mean that you have to compromise on some of the extra details and designs you were hoping to incorporate into your kitchen remodel.
You’ll also need to devote some time to researching the home improvement companies in your area. You may be tempted to hire the lowest bidder off Craigslist, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Before committing to any installer, be sure to check their references and verify that they can warrantee their work.
If you’ve read all of this and thought to yourself, “installing kitchen cabinetry is a bigger project than I thought,” then we’ve got one more piece of advice for you. Visit a home improvement showroom in your area. The kitchen remodel experts can walk you through everything you need to know and provide recommendations on everything from cabinetry styles to quality installers. They’ll make the process super simple for you.
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