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Posted on Pricing for some kitchen cabinet reface

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#1 posted 03-03-2013 07:57 PM

First off, go into the job with confidence and with the attitude that your work is worth what you are going to charge. So I have to respectfully disagree with kdc68. I tell many clients that they can get 10 more quotes and I can guarantee that 9 of them will be cheaper than me. It’s works. Gives them confidence that I am going to do a quality job with quality materials.
What is the condition of the existing cabinet carcasses, shelves, shelf standards, hardware, etc? Is everything square, plumb, and level? These are questions I present to the prospective clients then try to steer them towards replacing than than rebuilding “the old tired ones”.
But if they are dead set on rebuilding then figure your time/hrs including all phases of removal, acquisition of parts and material, fabrication, finishing, and installing. Then figure your materials and add 5% for misc. and another 20% mark-up. In some areas you can get away with another profit and/or overhead mark-up.
Myself, I walk away from “rebuilds” if I cannot convince them of replacing. It’s too much cost for the rebuild compared to replacing. There’s not that big of a difference. Unless your doing it yourself for your own cabinets. No labor costs then. I guess that’s my point, rebuilding is labor intensive.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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