Am considering getting some new cabinetry for the kitchen this year. To
begin some research I stopped by Home Depot for ideas.
They offer installation as an option should you not have a contractor.
So I asked a very general question: "is there a rule of thumb regarding
the labor to install the cabinets?" The designer woman said that would
be double the price of the cabinets.
So if I pick $3,000 cabinets I figure on $6,000 to have them installed.
And $5,000 cabinets would cost $10,000. All for say the same 10ft wall.
Why should $5,000 cabinets be $4,000 more expensive to install?
Dilemma is I was intending to do much of the prep work myself. Items
like removing old cabinetry, replacing sheetrock, painting, etc. So how
should I approach HD, Lowes, or any other contractor for true bids on
simply installing the stuff?
Being that I'm just getting started I haven't ruled out having the
entire job done. At this point I need to determine the value advantage
of various options.
If you can replace sheetrock, remove old cabinets, etc ( as you said) and do
some basic construction then you can hang the cabinets yourself too. As
long as you have a helper to assist with the physical work it's really not
that hard at all, I did my own kitchen last year and I just helped my
brother hang his cabinets last week, as long as you take your time and make
sure everything is installed shimmed straight and level it's really an easy
job of screwing them together and to the wall. I really can't understand
the designers pricing on that, it takes pretty much the same work to hang 10
feet of cabinets no matter who made them, so basing the installation cost on
the quality of the cabinets makes no sense at all.
FWIW..I used Thomasville cabinets from HD for my kitchen, with the all
plywood option. I am quite happy with them though with hindsight they were
on the expensive side I think. My brother bought about Kraftmade, also all
plywood, and after installing them both I would use Kraftmade next time,
they were definitely built just a little better and a little less expensive
That was the same assumption I made too, but handling them both convinced me
otherwise, the Kraftmade were joined better, heavier materials, and finished
a bit better too. I did have one person tell me that I should have bought
the Thomasville from someplace else than Home D. , supposedly they build
them to a lower standard for the Depot, but I don't know if that's true or
Don't read too much into the generalizations on pricing. It is the same
with most all contractor work. You really do need then to come out and
figure out all the steps before you can have a good quote and even then it
may change once the work starts. There are simply too many variables to
In any case. $3000 cabnets should cost about the same as $5000 cabnets to
install all other factors considered equal.
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