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Cabinet Maker

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Custom Cabinet Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Cabinet Maker, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Cabinet Maker commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Cabinet Maker? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Custom Cabinet Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Cabinet Maker - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Custom Cabinet Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results.
What should I expect to pay for Custom Cabinet Service?Most Custom Cabinet Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Cabinet Maker ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Cabinet Maker.
Do I need to use a licensed Cabinet Maker for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?Custom Cabinet Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Cabinet Maker for my project?Your Cabinet Maker should carry appropriate insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Cabinet Maker need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Custom Cabinet Service.

Cabinet Maker - Services

A Cabinet Maker can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Custom Cabinet Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Cabinet Maker - Finding and Hiring

Not every Cabinet Maker has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Cabinet Maker matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Cabinet Maker to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Cabinet Maker - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Cabinet Maker. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Cabinet Maker. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Cabinet Maker's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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