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I was shopping at Home Depot in Marble Falls and a lady came up and asked me if I had ever thought of upgrading my kitchen. Before I knew it she had signed me up for a salesperson to come to my home and measure and give me a price on kitchen cabinet refacing.

So, this guy shows up and gives me an earfull of sales pitch for almost 2 hrs before I get the price. And what a price it was! He said that I have what he called "30ft of cabinets" and that the refacing plus the optional special dovetail? drawer boxes with the full extention drawer slides and the cherry shaker door style I picked would be nearly $13,000!!!

For replacing doors and drawer fronts and putting thin wood venir on the front of the cabinet frames!?! I did not know whether to laugh or cry! Then the salesman told me I didn't really have to have the better drawers and drawer slides and I could save almost $1,000. That was not much of a dent off of $12,900. Then the salesman lets me know that Home Depot had a sale on that would get me $1250 off on the deal. Nice, but still really, REALLY pricey! So then, he comes out with this "buy it RIGHT NOW and get ANOTHER 10% off!" By now, I am thinking that they just keep on giving discounts until you say OK. But I needed more information before spending around $10,000. After he pressed my to "buy it RIGHT NOW!" several times I finally got him out of the house.

This made me wonder what just replacing the whole cabinet set would cost. Back at the Home Depot store, I found out some pretty amazing and a little depressing things. First, if I replaced all my cabinets, I would have to replace my counter top which I had not planned to do. But here is the really WEIRD part. Replacing the cabinets with the same basic cherry door style in CraftMade cabinets, tearing out my old stuff, and installing the new stuff PLUS a new granite countertop (they have some "el cheapo" granite for $29/ft installed, but I liked one of the colors)after the in-store discounts WAS CHEAPER THAN THE REFACING PRICE!!! CHEAPER??? I about died right there! Not only that, but the NEW cabinets came with the dovetail drawer boxes and full extention glides PLUS cabinet door buffer thingys and the special cabinet for the sink was FREE! Plus the new cabinets have a LIFETIME WARRANTY and the refacing ones only a one year warranty!

I guess thats why one of the people I met at the store told me they dont put a "per foot price" on the doors on the refacing display because if the customers ever saw the actual pricing they would NEVER even have the guy over to the house! Neither would I!

Oh, one more thing. The refacing guy wanted to charge me over $300 for the installers trip expenses from San Antonio and another $350 for "Administrative" costs! The new cabinet deal had none of this ripoff extra charges.

I guess the bottom line is Home Depot cabinet refacing is OUTRAGEOULY high compared to just getting new cabinets and a new countertop. No wonder the guy kept on pressing me to "buy it now, buy it NOW, BUY IT NOW!"

Shame on them!

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Anonymous
#1289629
I work for Home Depot Interiors, thought I'd chime in here since most of the comments are people whom have only heard the sales pitch but few actual buyers.
So, nationally, HDI completes roughly 20k kitchen refacing projects each year. In the city where I work, we have 98% approval rating. Now, it's important to understand, HDI is a premium service and we offer a much more hands-on experience than you'll get in-store. Sure, experiences vary from customer to customer in terms of a *** salesman or outrageous pricing but, overall, our buyers are thrilled with the work we do. Are we expensive? Yes. Are there cheaper alternatives out there? Yes.
The value, however, is wrapped up in a few key areas:
1. We will, literally, sit down and design every element of your kitchen with you in your home for free. We will hold your hand through the entire process, if you wish. It's not cheap to send people out to appointments where we know that roughly 80% won't purchase.
2. The products we offer are genuinely good quality and our guys do phenomenal work. I've worked in the construction/remodeling industry for almost 15 years and, at least in the city where I work, our work is clean and our employees are respectful and professional.
3. If you are a DIY guy/gal - HDI is not designed for you. We know you can do it cheaper. That's ALWAYS the case with DIY - it's kind of the point. The reason you hire a pro is because you either can't or don't have time to do the work. 4. It's
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Anonymous
Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States #1271961
We got a price pf $20,000 to have our cabinets refaced. When we told them it was too much they came up with a price of $15, 000 but the cabinets would be just flat panels which were horrible so we opted out. We went to homeadvisor.com and found someone who gave us a price of $9995 for high quality items. We got Quaker style door which were self closing, self closing drawers, two custom built cabinets and a custom built island. Our kitchen is beautiful, the contractor was very professional, clean and a true craftsman. Stay away from Lowe's or Home Depot. The will rob you blind.
Anonymous
San Marcos, Texas, United States #1204186
You just saved me one phone call to schedule an estimate, a 2 hour aggressive sales pitch and thousands of dollars if I fell for the line of bull. Thanks!
I too want to avoid having to replace my beautiful quartz counter top. From what I hear, new cabinets can be installed IF you as the homeowner remove the counter top prior to the work and re-install it after the new cabinets are in. Too much liability in possibly breaking the quartz. I'm not equipped to do that uninstall/reinstall myself and the cost to have it done is probably - you guessed it --- the cost of a new counter top. They got us coming and going it would seem.
Anonymous
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States #1198500
My experience with the HD resufacing sales job was nearly identical but it was a woman sales scammer and a two hour sales job and a quickie, back of the envelope $27,000 pricetag ($26,000 if I bought it today.) This is for a small galley style kitchen in our winter (mobile home) in FL. just for contact veneer resurfacing, standard RTF door and drawer fronts (no drawer boxes) and composite counter tops.
I found out though it was an independent sales contractor selling for another contractor that actually did the work, based in another state. And even though the were not Home Depot employees, it's turned me off shopping at HD alltogether.
Needless to say I found much better options at a fraction of the price elsewhere.
Anonymous
#1143865
A nine step system and it is designed to make you say yes!
jre10467
Lancaster, California, United States #1143863
I was a salesman and if you buy a kitchen cancel it! You are paying 10% to us and it is all subcontracted! Hire a different company tell them to go pound sand!
Anonymous
#1140958
I worked for that refacing company that Home Depot fronts for. The pitch is its Home depot and they stand behind this process and so on. Its a giant ripoff!!! On top of it all when a salesman does get a sale they nickel and dime the commissions. Horrible company and surprised Home Depot continues to operate with them.
Frankly speaking
Walled Lake, Michigan, United States #1133360
They just quoted me nearly 15,000 bucks to refacing 34 ft of cabinets and new formic counter tops. I just about laughed in his face. That was after a $500 home show discount and 15% March sale discount.
Anonymous
#1126333
Agreed. We had similar experience. HD quoted $32k to reface and install a couple additional cabinets. We then had a cabinet maker come out (5star rating) quoted $8k less for all new cabinets. No refacing. I wish I could use HD cause I really like the rep but money is money other quote is all new materials instead of using our own
Anonymous
#1111894
OMG! Our experience has been and is still a nightmare. Nothing the salesman told us was true. The cost was a whooping $14,000. They installed shelves that fell the same day they were installed breaking our sink and all my grandmothers heirloom plates and china. I received multiple cuts cleaning up the mess, none of the shelves were attached to anything and brackets weren't in studs. All the cabinet doors were different heights, not in line with one another and there is no access the the cabinets because finger pulls are on top, not on sides. To make matters worse this whole ordeal was suppose to be finished before Christmas and didn't even start until late January and is still going on. The counter tops are installed and are cut so incorrect there is so much caulk between the counter top and the wall that it has collapsed and left a ditch between my wall and counter. To make matters worse, the custom cabinet was cut wrong, the drawer was cut wrong and the doors. I have so many issues with this job that I won't even complain about being forced to accept cabinet doors I did not order, sometimes we pick our battles. I wish I had never thought dealing with Home Depot would be better than having the work done by someone who gave a *** about the quality or price of the finished product, which I have doubts will ever be finished. Seriously contemplating letting the court system get us some type of satisfaction.

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