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Old 06-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Flipping homes: RTA cabs or BigBox stores


I've been flipping homes and been seeing a lot of people on HGTV use RTA cabinets. I've been using in stock cabinets at menards and lowes. My main goal is to have style, low to mid quality cabinets at the lowest price possible.

what are the pros and cons of each?
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I've been flipping homes and been seeing a lot of people on HGTV use RTA cabinets. ... What are the pros and cons of each?
The main issue is how much you value your time...
what OTHER tasks you could be doing instead.

The other factor is the quality vs cost. A comparably priced set up (eg: 20LF layout) of prefabs (like KK) is far better than RTA. What have you found?
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we got rta cabinets for less than half of big box store prices and this was for all plywood and solid wood cabinets.
took about 20 mins a cabinet to assemble. took me a little longer because i clamped and glued them together.
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we got rta cabinets for less than half of big box store prices and this was for all plywood and solid wood cabinets.
took about 20 mins a cabinet to assemble. took me a little longer because i clamped and glued them together.
Are you comparing RTA to the "in-stock" big box store prices. in stocks are much cheaper than the cheapest semi-custom or lowest end custom big box store cabinets
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Are you comparing RTA to the "in-stock" big box store prices.
Nope.
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this was for all plywood boxes and solid wood fronts and doors.

particle board cabinets were 6800.00
at lowes
all plywood boxes upgrade was 8200.00
at lowes.

place i got the cabinets with all plywood boxes was 3400.00 and they had a 40% off sale that week so they were only 2158.00 after the discount.
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this was for all plywood boxes and solid wood fronts and doors.

particle board cabinets were 6800.00
at lowes
all plywood boxes upgrade was 8200.00
at lowes.

place i got the cabinets with all plywood boxes was 3400.00 and they had a 40% off sale that week so they were only 2158.00 after the discount.
thats great. but. how long have you had them, and how are they holding up ? pics ?
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Having recently done a house with cabinets in many places I'd definitely encourage you to work with a local cabinet supplier and NOT use the crap sold at the box stores. The units on the shelves are junk. Cheap boxes, even cheaper hardware for slides and hinges. Really, embarrassingly bad.

That and their prices on their semi-custom stuff was often HIGHER than better cabinets elsewhere.

If you're going to be doing a number of these over time you might be able to find a supplier willing to give you better pricing.

Start with finding out what brands of semi-custom stuff are available in your area. Omega is one supplier that covers a many locations and they make a pretty decent mid-range cabinet line. Then see what dealers the manufacturer recommends on their website. I was really surprised when I found the best pricing on some cabinets was through a local plumbing supply place. A good 8% less than everyone else nearby.

I guess it depends on your conscience and the level of attention your potential customers will have when looking at the cabinets. If they care about anything it's usually the cabinets. So spending a little more here has got to be likely to have some payback. Doesn't have to be full 3/4" plywood boxes, but I'd want to at least step up to 1/2" ply box sides not just MDF-like stuff.
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