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#1 posted 10-24-2012 10:42 PM


This is really a tough question to answer. I’m sure if you checked with every cabinet shop that would be willing to build and deliver cabinets to your area and you gave them detailed drawings with all the spec. that you require for the kitchen, you would see such a wide range of pricing.

Cabinet Maker Magizine does a pricing survey every year; getting price quotes from cabinet shops from all across the country. I participated for a number of years until I retired. They would send out a set of drawings for 4 or 5 different projects, with specific materials and hardware to be used. They asked us to quote a price just as we would if we were quoting it to a customer. It usually consisted of a couple different style kitchens, a home entertainment center or wall unit, a commercial project and usually a smaller piece of furniture. We were able to bid on any or all of the projects, but had to quote it just the way we would in our business based strictly on the spec. they gave us for each.

They also asked how long we were in business and how many employee’s we had. It was amazing to see the results. The wide range of pricing was wild and it usually had nothing to do with where they were located, how long they where in business or how big they were.

The typical kitchen would vary in price by thousands of dollars. Each project that was in the survey was actually built by a shop and they would share what they sold that project for when the magizine posted the results of the survey.

I’ve designed, built and installed custom kitchen cabinets in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. I’ve designed and built custom cabinets for a customer from California and delivered and installed the project in Myrtle Beach, SC.

My pricing was always based on my same rate and by no means was I the lowest price out there. The main thing your friend should do is make sure they check out each cabinet shop very carefully, ask for a lot of references and make sure they actually check out the references and check out the better business bureau to see if any compaints have be filed against them. If they find a big price difference from one shop to another, make sure they are comparing apples to apples and they where very clear on what materials and spec. they expect.

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