Cabinets last a long time. However, cabinet styles change quite often. By the time that you are ready for a cabinet upgrade, there will probably be many design improvements on the market. Even if you are looking for the same general style, you can probably benefit from a better stock of wood, improved design processes or other upgrades that contractors and builders have learned to implement. This is definitely something that you can’t get with a repaint job. As a matter of fact, choosing a new design means choosing new methods of painting your cabinets. You actually get the best of both worlds with a complete upgrade here.
Improved functionality – extra storage
New designs over time for your cabinets mean new ways of storing things in cabinet space. Designers are always coming up with stronger blends of materials, meaning that less is more when it comes to thickness in your cabinetry. In short, designers and builders can make you a cabinet today that is just as strong as a larger cabinet a few years ago. If you are taking up less volume with the cabinet itself, that leaves more volume for storage space. If you have more support space in your cabinets, then you can take those items away from your floor space and off of your kitchen island. This means greater mobility in your kitchen, which is always a good idea.
Longevity and durability
New cabinets last longer than old cabinet types. New design features, material blends and paint jobs all add up to improved longevity and durability. What does this mean for your kitchen? It means more time between now and your next cabinet upgrade, meaning that you can divert more money into other aspects of your kitchen.
Increased home value
Keeping up with the latest designs and materials means that your home will increase in value over time. If you are getting ready to sell your home, it is definitely better to do a full replacement than it is to do a simple repaint job. Depending on the buyer, they will check for this. If your cabinetry is seen to be cheap, you leave a bad impression over the entire house. You also give your potential buyer more of a reason to negotiate the price down.
Even if you aren’t selling your home, increasing its value has many advantages. Improvements in home-equity means that you have more leverage to put into other upgrades around your home. You also have the peace of mind to know that you can sell your house at any point without having to go through a major upgrades.
The dedicated experts at Kitchen Art Design have had the repainting versus replacement argument for almost 40 years. In our humble opinion, it is always best to go for a full replacement if you can. Repainting is certainly less expensive in the short run, but in the long run, you will end up paying more.
However, you shouldn’t think that you can’t afford a complete cabinet upgrade just because it is slightly more expensive than a repaint job. Give us a call and let us help you determine what you can truly get for your budget. We have built our reputation from working with contractors and individuals who are on a budget. We love getting people what they need – cabinets that stand the test of time, create a great look for the kitchen and increase the resale value in a home!