Virginia Kitchen and Bath doesn’t recommend cabinet refacing for many reasons.
Cabinet refacing is not less expensive than purchasing new better cabinets. Refacing only saves homeowners the cost of a new countertop while leaving them with the same outdated drawers, drawer tracks, and kitchen layout.
Frequently, older kitchens include unsightly and expensive 24′′ and 27′′ wide double ovens and a cooktop.
Replacing these older appliances, as well as refacing cabinets, actually costs MORE than upgrading to a range with a better-designed kitchen that includes more usable new cabinetry and countertops.
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These businesses are often predatory, pressuring customers to commit and sign contracts on the first home visit.
Similar to Anderson Windows and aluminum siding businesses in the 1960s, the pressure is presented as a discount that is good till the appointment is over. How authentic does that sound?
Two excellent films depict this type of high-pressure con expertly.
Glengarry Glen Ross (only watch if you can tolerate foul language and excellent acting).
from Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, and Jack Lemon Arkin)
Tin Men (Wikipedia page for the film starring Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Devito, and others, as well as Barbara Hershey).
Refacing businesses are skilled at what they do. As a result, they do a good job refacing cabinets and receive positive feedback from their customers. But these customers are unaware that they could have spent their renovation funds wisely. The positive feedback ends up legitimizing a misguided investment.
NEVER sign a contract for cabinet refacing on the first visit.
The most important thing to remember when considering refacing is to NEVER sign a contract on the first visit. While we advise against refacing your cabinets, we can guarantee that any refacing company will call you with even better discounts after the first visit.
We also guarantee that those who take the time to get a kitchen estimate will be surprised and pleased with the affordability and value of this more effective approach.
The Virginia Kitchen and Bath team is always available to show you what your kitchen can be – and within your budget.