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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Zubke

Hiring a Contractor vs. Handyman to Install Cabinets

"Do I really need a contractor to install my cabinets?"

This is a question my customers ask all the time. There are many opinions on this topic and you may even toy with the idea of installing your own cabinets. With all the videos and tutorials available at our fingertips, you're an expert, right? To add to the confusion, your neighbors will see you doing a project and will give you the name of a handyman who has worked around the neighborhood. You may even have a friend or family member who says they can do it. While these are all good intentions, here are a few reasons why Uncle Bob should stick to the backyard BBQ.

1. Protect Your Investment

You probably have spent a good amount of money for your cabinetry. You've also likely spent hours daydreaming about how your new kitchen will make you swoon. Now is not the time to skimp on quality. Having them installed by a professional who does this all the time and has the proper equipment, helps to protect that investment.

2. Installing Cabinetry is Not Easy

Installing cabinets sounds much easier than it really is. After all, you are simply fitting puzzle pieces together, right? Well, puzzles can range from easy to very complex and it's no different with cabinetry. There are many components and tools that are involved and precise fitting is needed next to walls, flooring and ceilings.

3. Appliance Installation 101

Appliances have become a large part of the installation with many homeowners choosing double ovens, range tops, and built in microwaves. Farm sinks, custom panels on appliances, and large multi-piece moldings have also made installations more of a challenge.

4. A Contractor - The One Stop Shop

Hiring a licensed and insured general contractor may be the way to go. A contractor would handle the entire project and can pull together his subs to complete the plumbing, electrical, drywall, and paint, etc. Not all contractors have the finesse needed for installing cabinetry so be sure to ask if they are experienced with cabinets or if they will hire someone who is.

Still thinking of tackling a project like this on your own? Stop in the kitchen studio to discuss, we would be happy to help you get started!!


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