April 10, 2009
No matter what your price range is for kitchen cabinets, you'll find a dazzling selection of styles, materials and finishes from modest, unfinished ready-to-assemble units to fine handcrafted work.
If you're looking at moderately priced, prefinished wooden cabinets, a contractor will charge $2,631 to remove and dispose of the old cabinets and replace them with 10 feet of base and wall cabinets with doors, drawers and shelves and post-formed laminate counter top. That's assuming the new cabinets are a direct replacement for the old ones and no new or custom carpentry work is needed.
A handy homeowner with carpentry tools and experience can make the swap for $1,850, the cost of the cabinets, counter top and fasteners, and pocket a 30 percent saving. You'll need an electric drill, stud finder and carpenter's level.
No matter who does the installation, open the cabinet boxes when they're delivered to make sure they are the correct size, style and finish, and to see that they are not damaged.
Pro Cost: $2,631
DIY Cost: $1,850
Pro Time: 11 hours
DIY Time: 16 hours
DIY Savings: $781
Percent Saved: 30 percent