How much does it cost to remove kitchen cabinets?

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A kitchen is one of the most used parts of a house. Nowadays, most people buy existing houses rather than build new ones. Whether that is the case or you just simply do not like your current kitchen cabinets anymore, removing them can get expensive. Most jobs can cost anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.

In 2022, the average cost to remove a kitchen countertop is $37.23 to $69.52 per countertop, but this can vary significantly depending on the site conditions and choices.

There are several different factors that go into the price though. Among these, some of them include the cost of removal, size of the job, what part of the country you live in, the cost of parts, and the cost of labor. If you are a handyman (or handywoman) and already know how to dispose of and install kitchen cabinets yourself, then it will not be as pricy, but if you do not know how to perform these actions, it is best to let professionals take over the job.

Let’s break down now just how much the cost of removing cabinets may be.

National Average Costs

A quick glance at Porch.com revealed on average, what it may cost to remove your old kitchen cabinets.

  • Material cost per linear foot – $0.32
  • Labor and materials cost per linear foot – $23.97
  • Average cost per job for 25 linear feet – $360 to $840

It should be noted that a linear foot just means 12 inches in a straight line. Since most people have more than one kitchen cabinet in their kitchen, the basic cost in most places and by most companies is measured in 25 linear-foot increments. For example, if the cost to remove one set of cabinets is exactly 25 linear feet, then using the labor and materials cost average, the price will be around $600

Factors That Affects Price of the Job

As mentioned previously, there are so many sorts of factors that will affect how much removing kitchen cabinets will cost, but let’s break them down. For size, the more cabinets there are in the kitchen the more it will cost.

Depending on if the cabinets will be recycled and/or reused also depends on how much it will cost to remove them. If cabinets are being reused, then the professionals will have to be a lot more careful, which will drive up the labor price.

Another factor to consider is which party is disposing of the old cabinets. If you want to leave them to do with what you please (be it smashing them or using the cabinets as firewood) then the cost will be less than if you have your contractor take them away for you.

Know what times of the year to do these types of removals. Usually, if you are doing this work through a general contractor, their down season is anywhere between October to February. During this time, general contractors might offer their services for less in order to obtain more jobs, so make sure if you want to get rid of those cabinets, you do it during the fall and winter.

Always budget for the job to cost from 5-15% more than the estimates you are given. Not that it is a guarantee, but odds are the general contractor is going to run into something that they did not foresee. This is mainly due to the fact that there are not only several styles of houses (colonial, victorian, etc.) but each kitchen is built differently and through different building codes. This, coupled with the cost of labor and overhead might put the estimate under the actual price.

Never hear just one estimate. You may get lucky by hearing an estimate that sounds cheap, but when money is a key deciding factor in who you hire, it is best to call around and compare prices.

Now that you have read most of the factors that go into the cost of removing kitchen cabinets and the approximate prices that go along with it, you should feel confident on how to both measure your cabinets and price accordingly. Don’t forget the cost of labor, materials, and overhead when doing your calculations!

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