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Offline zzzzzzcobra

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kitchen cabinets
« on: January 22, 2006, 10:02:55 am »
When you purchase a house to flip, how do you know when to replace the kitchen cabinets or when to leave them.  If they are old and brown but in good shape and you replace them with new ones will it bring more money for you that it will off set the additional cost and time when you sell.

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Re:kitchen cabinets
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2006, 12:19:12 pm »
imho, cabinets are a very expensive improvement. If at all possible, if they are solid,, I would opt to paint, strip & stain or just replace the doors. I know it would depend on the home, but lots of people like the painted door thing &/or the 'shabby chic' look  


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Re:kitchen cabinets
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2006, 03:36:26 pm »
IMHO painted, stained, urethaned cabinets look like someone was trying to get away cheap.

Cabinets are expensive but if the job and budget allow, cost recovery and then some is very probable.

If you can get reasonable priced labor You can recover up to two times the cost of the cabinets by replacing them ...providing the labor is reasonable.  Lowes wanted 2k to install their kitchen cabintes. A random cabinet installer put in my Lowes cabinets and countertop for 500.

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2006, 08:38:10 am »
Cabinets are not hard to install if you know how to find the Wall Studs.  I've done 2 decent size kitchens with nice looking, inexpensive cabinets for about $1000 for each. IMO it is not worth the time and effort to to strip and paint, which usually means you will need to buy new hardware as well. This might be the way to go if you dont care about your time and labor, cuz you will need alot of it and is a hassle.  ALso the same thing with just replacing cabinet doors.  by the time you buy them stain them and put new hardware on you could have bought new cabinets.  

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2006, 10:15:00 am »
Cabinets are not hard to install if you know how to find the Wall Studs.  I've done 2 decent size kitchens with nice looking, inexpensive cabinets for about $1000 for each. IMO it is not worth the time and effort to to strip and paint, which usually means you will need to buy new hardware as well. This might be the way to go if you dont care about your time and labor, cuz you will need alot of it and is a hassle.  ALso the same thing with just replacing cabinet doors.  by the time you buy them stain them and put new hardware on you could have bought new cabinets.  

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when I said refinish or paint cabinets abotve I did qualify it depended on the house
I still say if it is a rental, I would try not to put $$$ into new cabinets. If you are flipping the property then new cabinets are good. They are not easy to put in if you are a 5'2" female . the cheapest we have found at  home depot are the white millworks & those also need to be put together & depending on the size of the kitchen that could be a 2 day job for some folks
again - it depends on the property & the exit plan
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Re:kitchen cabinets
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006, 10:39:37 am »
So then the consensus is, if you are flipping the property, the cabinets look old and dingy, you are in a middle class neighborhood, it is worth the money to replace the cabinets.  You believe you will recoup the money plus some.

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2006, 03:12:27 pm »

We have a cabinet factory just over the Texas line from us...abot 35-40 miles.  The cabinets for my current project will cost $605 plus a counter top.  The same thing at Lowes/Home Depot is over $1000.  This place does not advertise much.  Look in hte phone book, etc.

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2006, 07:28:01 am »
take em all down and paint them....coat of primer, 2-3 coats of a good quality med-high gloss....they will look brand new...i've done it many times

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2006, 07:31:11 am »
If the cabinets are in generally good shape then having them refaced is an option that typically costs about 1/3 of replacing them and they will look brand new.  

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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2006, 07:33:33 am »

...oops forgot to say:  These cabinets were unsalvageable.  They are broken, chipped, warped, bent, have a big sway at the sink, have drawers nailed together with 8-penney commons, etc.  The sink is avacado green but went nicely with the 1970s floral green/orange wallpaper and the orange rubber cove base!

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Re:kitchen cabinets
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2006, 10:34:02 am »
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The sink is avacado green but went nicely with the 1970s floral green/orange wallpaper and the orange rubber cove base!

Cool!  I heard that those color schemes are coming back?
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2006, 12:16:35 pm »

...well, on top of that, the full bath (under the wallpaper) was lime green, the master bedroom (under the wallpaper) was "Pepto-bismal" pink, one of the bedrooms was bright yellow with one wall having yellow and orange stripes.  Two of the bedrooms had shag carpet (honest to God, no BS!) -- one in blue and one orange, yellow, and green swirls.

Apparently there is no color in the pallet that they were afraid of!

Most of it has been "neutralized"...still got to patch the walls in the full bath....

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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2006, 12:36:17 pm »
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Two of the bedrooms had shag carpet (honest to God, no BS!)

Shag...yea baby!
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2006, 02:24:36 pm »

Not that sort of shag...but that's what the wall in the half-bath looks like it was used for...

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Re:kitchen cabinets
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2006, 02:34:12 pm »

...oops forgot to say:  These cabinets were unsalvageable.  They are broken, chipped, warped, bent, have a big sway at the sink, have drawers nailed together with 8-penney commons, etc.  The sink is avacado green but went nicely with the 1970s floral green/orange wallpaper and the orange rubber cove base!

Keith
I'd tear them out and replace if they look like that.  First place a woman looks is the kitchen, cabinets that bad will kill the deal every time.  You know even if there was a 20 car garage with a lift and a shabby kitchen the wife would out vote the husband on that one. ;D

 




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