There is a myth that cabinet refacing costs as much as new cabinets. Not true. But, some kitchen retailers who simply do not know how to reface and make more money selling cheap new cabinets will tell this to homeowners. In addition, the outrageous prices some “big box” retailers ask for refacing perpetuates this myth.
The savings in refacing add up:
- You do not have to buy new cabinet boxes (which cost as much as new doors and usually are not made as well as older boxes),
- There are lower labor costs since refacing is a one man job while hanging new cabinets takes two,
- There is less overhead or commission tied to “design” or “redesign” time,
- There is little or no showroom or retail space cost,
- There are lower freight costs and no dumpster cost.
Of course, purchasing refacing also takes a lot less of your time and effort as the homeowner. You shop in the comfort of your own home and can see how various door styles and finishes complement your decor. And, your kitchen is always operational so you don’t have to eat out (unless you want to).
Apples to apples comparisons are difficult to gather but according to our competitive shopping and our many customers who comparison shop, refacing saves 40-60% of the cost of new cabinets installed depending on the quality of the new cabinets, expertise of the installers, and retail markup. That usually translates into thousands of dollars saved.
Ever hear the old saying; “kitchens and baths sell houses”. Well every year, Remodeling magazine (our industry “bible”) conducts Cost vs Value surveys for various home improvements. The results are published annually and are a good indication of what homeowners can expect as a “payback” for various improvements when they sell their home. Every year kitchen cabinet refacing was shown to cost half of what a remodel with new cabinets cost. And, while new cabinets usually showed around a 75% payback, refacing had the highest payback, typically over 95%, of any improvement year after year. (Recently, Remodeling magazine changed their comparison to a Minor vs a Major Remodel to blur the distinction between refacing and new cabinets. Could it be that the big cabinet companies who advertise heavily complained?).