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Kitchen Cabinets – Setting the Style For Your Kitchen

Kitchen cabinets are a vital consideration for any contemporary kitchen, whether you are constructing a totally new kitchen or just redecorating it. It is not always as straightforward to install cabinets as it appears. Sometimes you need to bring in a professional to help you with the best choices. A qualified carpenter can also be necessary to redesign your kitchen to get the most from the space you have and to visualize how many cabinets you will need to store your crockery and kitchen utensils. Bringing in a professional can also mean you get a better deal on premium materials.

You can often find experts who will help you redesign your kitchen or bathroom at retailers, wholesalers and building contractors. Kitchens advisers can also be found at home centers and some of these will be qualified architects. Getting an expert on-board a project means that you will benefit from their understanding of how kitchens are used, how to locate important kitchen fixtures in the most appropriate place and can recommend particular brands to suit your requirements.

What you can expect from your cabinets varies. There are manufacturers who offer a tailored product where the customer can choose from a range of possibilities. But this degree of pick-and-choose freedom is not likely if you buy wholesale or from a home center – these outlets will have a stock which you can choose from instead. The typically you will be offered a choice of cabinet doors. For example, many suppliers offer at least maple, cherry or simple blond wood stain. This kind of choice is easy for the builder to offer and would even be available in new building projects where the kitchen fittings have already been ordered in bulk and the choice is relatively limited.

If you do have the freedom …

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Setting Up QuickBooks For Contractors

QuickBooks for Contractors is a fabulous and inexpensive tool for managing your construction business and gaining control over your job costs, but in order to use it to its fullest potential you need to setup and use QuickBooks a little differently than you would for most other businesses.

First, and most importantly, you need to setup your Items correctly because they are the heart of QuickBooks for Contractors. You should setup an Item for each level of detail you want on your job costing reports. It can be as simple as Labor and Materials or as detailed as having hundreds of sub-categories for the services you provide. A good example of a middle-ground (enough detail to manage your job costs without becoming overwhelming) can be found in the sample contractor-based business file that comes with QuickBooks:

1 Plans & Permits
01.1 Plans
01.2 Building Permits
01.3 City & Co. Lic's & Fees
02 Site Work
02.10 Demo
03 Excavation
04 Concrete
05 Masonry
06 Floor Framing
07 Wall Framing
08 Roof Framing
09 Roof Flashing
10 Exterior Trim & Decks
11 Siding
12 Doors & Trim
13 Windows & Trim
14 Plumbing
15 HVAC
16 Electrical & Lighting
17 Insulation
18 Interior Walls
19 Ceilings & Cover
20 Millwork & Trim
21 Cabinets & Vanities
22 Specialty
23 Floor Coverings
24 Paint
25 Cleanup
26 Landscape & Paving
27 Contingent

Many contractors add sub-items for Labor and Materials to their Items which is useful if you want to track those costs separately. This also makes it easier to report only the Labor portion of a subcontractor's invoice on their 1099.

After you determine which job costs you want to track, you're ready to add your Items. Go to Lists – Item List, right-click on Item and select New. Job costs …

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