CABINET INSTALLATION: WHAT TO EXPECT


Kevin Dean | Budget & Design Team | Dean Cabinetry
By Kevin Dean

We’re writing this blog to get us on the same page about cabinet installation.

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Installing cabinetry is a difficult process. The way cabinets are installed is as important as how they are built. Knowing what to expect and what to watch out for will make the process much smoother.

There are 4 steps to the installation stage:

  1. Preparation
  2. Delivery
  3. Initial Install
  4. Punch list

1. Preparation

As the client or contractor, it is your responsibility to prepare for the installation. Proper preparation will keep your project on schedule.

Before delivery and install:

  • Floors should be complete or ready for the final coat.
  • Appliances should be out of the installation area.
  • Cabinet knobs, pulls, and other hardware are onsite.
  • The installation space is empty.
  • Drywall is complete.
  • First coat of paint is applied.
  • Rough mechanicals are complete.
  • Other contractors are not scheduled to work in the area during delivery and install.
How will Dean Cabinetry prepare?

When we have an estimated completion date for your cabinets, our scheduling coordinator will reach out to schedule the delivery and installation.

Before we offer dates we will ask you to read this article and understand the process for completing your project.

Next we will ask you to review the contract and review the installation plans.  If there are any notes for the installers, we ask that you let us know ahead of time.  Your installer will be working directly off of these plans and any items not specifically noted, will be left to their professional discretion.

We will then offer and confirm delivery and installation dates with you.

If you need to make a change within the week of the scheduled install, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule, but we cannot guarantee the change.

2. Delivery

The day before your installation we will provide delivery by skilled and careful delivery personnel. Our delivery personnel will bring everything into the installation space. We will dispose of all the packaging. Our goal is get everything ready for the installer’s arrival.

For delivery only projects, the final cabinet payment is due upon delivery. Please have the payment ready for our delivery personnel to collect.

3. Initial Install

The initial install will take 2 to 5 days.

We prefer to install your cabinetry. We are committed to you and making sure the cabinets come out right.

Our installers are carefully selected subcontractors we use on a regular basis.

4. Punch List

A punch list is a list of items that need to be adjusted or corrected.  When we install your cabinetry, we take care of any punch list items that we are reasonably responsible for.  

If we deliver but do not install your cabinetry, the homeowner or contractor will be responsible for assembling the punch list, notifying Dean Cabinetry of the punch list, and installing the punch list items.  We will deliver the items.

If we deliver and install your cabinetry, your installer will assemble Punch List 1, review, and sign it with you at the end of the initial install.

Our goal is to return within two weeks to complete PL1.

We understand that you need some time to use and inspect each cabinet.   If you notice any additional items after the initial install please email us a photo and we will happily take care of it.

Before Dean Cabinetry returns to complete a PL, we will reach out and confirm the PL.  It is the clients responsibility to notify Dean Cabinetry of additional PL items in a timely manner.

Final payment is due upon the completion of PL1.  Please have the payment ready for your installer to collect.

If necessary, Dean Cabinetry will return for a PL2.  After PL2, your installation will be considered complete and your project will move to the follow up stage.

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Follow up

After the initial installation and punch list is complete, your project will move into the follow up stage.

If the client requests additional items outside of the initial contract and plans, these items will be considered follow up items.

If the client requests additional punch list items after PL2, these items will be considered follow up items.

Dean Cabinetry reserves the right to charge a $150 processing fee for follow up items.

Follow up items will be completed at the convenience of Dean Cabinetry’s installation schedule.

Please keep in mind that we are more than happy to come out to do maintenance, adjustments, or touch ups for you.  It is in our best interest to keep your kitchen looking great for years to come, so please do not hesitate to give us a call for adjustments.

Install FAQs

Can my contractor or myself install my cabinets?

Absolutely. If you choose to go in this direction, please notify your designer. They will be sure to remove our installation services and charges from your contract.

When you choose to install the cabinetry yourself or use another contractor, you are also accepting the management of punch list, final field measurements, and the final materials list.

When should I schedule my countertop template and installation?

Generally, your countertop template should be scheduled for after the initial installation. Countertop installation can occur before the return punch list visit.

This is a general rule and does not apply to all situations.

What to look out for with countertop templates and installation?

It’s recommended to be onsite for the template because the technicians will have questions for you about the countertop layout. Once the stone is cut, it may be difficult to change.

Most countertop companies prefer your appliances to be installed prior to the countertop template. This is most important for slide in ranges and farm sinks.

What about demolition?

Demolition is usually managed by the homeowner or contractor however, Dean Cabinetry does offer this service. If preparation work needs to be completed between removal and install, it’s the responsibility of the client or contractor.

Who installs the appliances?

Dean Cabinetry does not install or move appliances in your home.

Appliances should be installed after the cabinetry.  The appliance openings will be ready for appliance installation immediately after the initial cabinetry install. This will allow the cabinet installers to perfectly level the cabinets.

Then the appliances can be installed and leveled to fit inside the appliance openings.

Appliance installation is difficult. Appliances, including the sink, should be delivered to the site and should be placed out of the cabinet installation area. Your appliance provider will provide you with installation options.

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When will the knobs and pulls be installed?

The knobs and pulls will be installed during the initial install.

Please have your knobs and pulls onsite. If you would like the hardware mounted in non standard locations, please be onsite during the later part of the installation to discuss these with your installer.

We recommend that you purchase one extra of each knob and pull.

What will the installation be like?

We expect your initial install to be completed within 5 days of the start date, but may take more or less time.  Once initial installation is complete, the installer will review the cabinetry with you, and take note of any items that need to be replaced or adjusted.  We will fix or order the punch list items and return at a later date to complete the project.

If Dean Cabinetry is unable to complete the installation during the initial install, PL1, or PL2 due to conditions created by the Homeowner and/or Contractor, we reserve the right to charge for additional visits.

Items brought to Dean Cabinetry’s attention after PL2, will be considered follow up items, and will not be an immediate priority for Dean Cabinetry.  Dean Cabinetry reserves the right to charge for any additional visit, including and not limited to, hardware installation (if not onsite during installation).  Dean Cabinetry also reserves the right to charge for touch up items (including and not limited to, damage caused by other contractors on site).

What does Dean Cabinetry take responsibility for?

When we install your cabinets we take full responsibility for all details, dimensions, touch ups, and adjustments, now and into the future. Our referrals come from keeping your kitchen looking great.

The following is a list of what we are not responsible for:

  • Providing knobs and pulls, unless otherwise specified in the contract. 
  • Integrated appliance panel attachment, unless otherwise specified in the contract. 
  • Template and installation of countertops, unless otherwise specified in the contract. 
  • Plumbing and/or electrical disconnect and reconnect.
  • Asbestos or lead identification and/or removal/disposal.
  • Backsplash removal, spackling, sheetrock work, painting and touch ups (other than for cabinets).
  • Any appliance defects caused during cabinet installation.  The appliances should not be in the space during cabinet installation
  • Scuff marks made in the drywall and paint.  We do our best to avoid these marks but they are often unavoidable and should be expected during installation.
  • Dean Cabinetry installers will protect your floors with moving blankets during installation.  Scratches to the floor are rare.  If your floor is scratched we will take reasonable measure to touch up the scratches but cannot take responsibility beyond touch ups.

When is my cabinetry installation complete?

Your cabinetry installation will officially be complete once all of the punch list items have been resolved and closed with PL1 or PL2.  The next step is to complete any follow up items and the other final finishes to the project.

Please keep in mind that we at Dean Cabinetry are more than happy to come out to do maintenance, adjustments, or touch-ups for you. It is in our best interest to keep your kitchen looking great for years to come, so please do not hesitate to give us a call for adjustments.