Jenny Cazares | Discovery Team | Dean Cabinetry
By Jenny Cazares

Do your due diligence and take your time when deciding to either reface or replace your cabinets. Never feel pressured by anyone asking you to decide right then and there. Work with a company that is well respected and trusted by others. Read their reviews and see what their past clients have to say, not only about their products but their customer service…which is equally important. 

Should I budget for both replacing and refacing my cabinets?

Yes. You might think that refacing your existing cabinets will cost less than replacing your cabinets, but we often find it actually costs the same or more! We feel it is always a smart idea to budget for both options, then you can make the decision that’s best for you and your family.

What If I don’t plan to stay in my home forever?

If you are not planning on staying in your home for long, or you are considering selling your home, then refacing may be a better option for you. Talk to your real estate professional, they will give you the best advice about your return on your investment if you were to replace your kitchen cabinets.

What is my overall goal for my kitchen?

Think about your goals for your kitchen. You might be disappointed to spend $8,000 to reface your kitchen, making it look pretty, only to wish a year later that you had a more functional kitchen.  Ask yourself the following questions, and they will help you determine which option is best for you:

  • Does this layout work for me?
  • Is it important to have my essential items easily accessible?
  • Do I want my dream kitchen?
  • How long will I be living in this home?
  • Will I be happy long-term if the layout stays the same?
  • Do I want to do this twice, if I’m not happy with refacing?

What should I do once I have both options budgeted?

Once you have your budgets for each option, review them carefully. You can determine if you would like to meet with a kitchen designer to get more specific details on new cabinetry. Ask family, friends, and work colleagues, who have either refaced their kitchen or purchased new cabinetry, if they are happy with their decision?

Ask them the question, “Would you do “x” again, if so, what would you change?” Believe it or not, their response may guide you and help you make the optimal decision for your renovation.

Many kitchen cabinet providers work with preferred contractors, and they are happy to refer you to them if you need help with your project. These contractors work closely with cabinet partners, and past clients have been very happy with their service. I also recommend reading company reviews, no matter which direction you decide to go. What their clients have to say about their completed project, and their customer service, speaks volumes!