During this cost of living crisis and high-interest rates, a lot of people are renovating their properties, rather than selling up. Including their kitchens. Most homeowners renovate their kitchen every 10 -15 years. In fact, Money.co.uk surveyed 2,000 homeowners in the UK, revealing that 88% had undertaken renovations of some kind in 2022. Now could be the time to improve your property value with the kitchen of your dreams. In this article, I use tips from my recent B&Q kitchen review article to help you find the best kitchen fitters near you so you can create the right kitchen Here are some tips on how to find the best kitchen fitter, the first time.
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How to find the best Kitchen fitter?
- Get recommendations from friends, family, or neighbours. This is a great way to find a reputable fitter who has done good work in the past & ideally has years of experience. This is how I found the contact that did my kitchen renovation.
- Search online. There are many websites that list kitchen fitters in your area. You can read customer satisfaction reviews and compare prices to find the best fit for you. Professional kitchen fitters at affordable prices and high standards are key. Speak to a local kitchen fitter (via Bark) and get three quotes to gauge the best cost and affordable price for your dream kitchen. Remember to also check out kitchen fitter reviews via Google, so your new kitchen is truly a great place.
- Ask your kitchen cabinet retailer for recommendations, i.e. They often have relationships with trusted fitters who they can refer you to. The price can be more expensive as they get a commission cut. If you need to touch up your Kitchen or get a complete refurbishment, I’d recommend B&Q and the option of a kitchen fitter via Bark. N.B Try and see their recent works on social media on their website.
- Get multiple free quotes. This will help you ensure that you are getting the best possible price, particularly if you are on a tight budget. This free estimate will support you in picking the best professional from your local area. Remember you want fantastic service, excellent work and within budget.
- Check the fitter’s building industry qualifications and experience. Make sure they are licensed and insured, and that they have experience with the type of kitchen you are looking for. Ideally, your kitchen installer is a one-stop shop (is a plumber, builder and electrician).
- Plan your kitchen type first – do you want a larger kitchen? A Small kitchen? A fitted kitchen? Each kitchen unit will cost a different amount.
- Get everything in writing. This includes the scope of work, the timeline, the price, and any guarantees.
The cost of a kitchen fitter can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of your kitchen, the type of kitchen you want, the location of your home, and the experience of the fitter.
What do kitchen fitters cost?
In general, you can expect to pay between £240 – £1,200 for a kitchen fitter. The cost will be higher for larger kitchens and more complex installations.
Here are some additional factors that can affect the cost of a kitchen fitter:
- The cost of the kitchen cabinets and appliances. This is the largest single cost of a new kitchen, so it will have a big impact on the overall cost of the project. Retailers like IKEA, B&Q and Wickes are good places to start getting quotes. You may want to invest in new kitchen sinks, granite worktops or even storage spaces, stainless steel taps to a new wood-burning stove. All could raise the value of your kitchen.
- The cost of labour. The cost of labour will vary depending on the location of your home and the experience of the fitter.
- The cost of materials. The cost of materials, such as countertops, flooring, and tiling, will also vary depending on the type of materials you choose.
- The cost of permits and inspections. If you need permits or inspections for your kitchen project, these costs will also need to be factored in. This could be checking if your gas is working correctly post work done by the kitchen installers.
It is important to get quotes from several different fitters before making a decision. This will help you ensure that you are getting the best possible price for your project.
Here are some additional tips:
Kitchen fitting – Tips on the process
- Be clear about your budget and expectations. The fitter should be able to help you create a kitchen that meets your high standard & needs and fits your budget.
- Be present during the installation process. This will give you a chance to ask questions and make sure that the work is being done to your satisfaction and the highest standard.
- Be patient. Installing a kitchen unit can be a complex process, so be patient with the fitter and don’t expect everything to be perfect overnight. A complete kitchen installation with new kitchen units could easily take 1-2 weeks (factor that in the kitchen fitter’s day rate.
I hope this helps create your perfect kitchen.
Once you have renovated your kitchen, consider updating your kitchen gadgets. Check out this article on affordable kitchen gadgets for men – from new kitchen knives to a healthy air fryer to a new affordable Hoover to clear up the mess. Looking to renovate your kitchen? Read this B&Q kitchen review article to get vital tips.
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