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Cabinet installation is part of the job for custom builders and professional remodelers. Often, mistakes occur during cabinet installation that could be avoided by more careful planning and attention to detail. A small mistake or forgetting a step can lead to cabinets that don’t fit or that aren’t level, as well as improper hardware and even plumbing issues. Below are mistakes that professionals can avoid when installing cabinets.

Measure the Area Accurately and In Detail

Start with taking the right measurements of the area where the cabinets will be installed. Your measurements should include height, width, ceiling measurements, and measurements for windows and doors that affect cabinet installation. Even a professional can make mistakes when measuring. Measure appliances in the kitchen as this is part of the cabinet installation. Appliance measurements have changed over the years, and the manufacturer can provide specs to help you with the size. Use a professional design, rather than an informal one; the more detailed and accurate, the better. A computerized design will appear more professional than a hand-drawn sketch. Keep in mind that Alexander Lumber’s cabinetry design professionals will come to the job site and measure for you if you prefer.

Inspect Cabinets Before Installation

When the cabinets arrive, you should inspect them for defects and the correct size. Many professionals get busy with other tasks and forget to do this. When cabinets are the wrong size or have defects, you have more time to return them and fix the mistake. Check the hardware before installing. The hardware should include the right number of doorknobs, hinges, and pulls. Check cabinets to make sure they are properly leveled. Upper cabinets and high ceilings often lead to inaccurate measurements. Suggest crown molding to clients to avoid purchasing larger more, expensive cabinets for high ceilings.

Plan For Plumbing and Lighting Installation

As a professional, a detailed plan for cabinet installation should include any lighting and electrical work that must be done before or after they are installed. The cabinets might have outlets or lights inside, for example. Plumbing is needed in the kitchen for appliances and sinks, so a good design is needed before work begins. Discuss with the plumber the best time to get the work done before or after the cabinets are in. Plan for additional plumbing work that is needed after they are installed.

Check Spacers Before Using

Make sure cabinet spacers match the color and finish of the cabinets before installing. If the cabinets are not finished, you may need to stain the spacers before using them.

These are some steps for professionals to avoid cabinet installation mistakes. About 35% of all remodeling jobs involve the whole house. When you avoid mistakes with cabinet installation, you provide better professional services to your customers.