You’ve spent months planning your new kitchen and now you’ve placed your order. Whilst waiting for delivery, have you decided if you are going to be fitting the kitchen yourself or getting a kitchen fitter in to do it for you?
If you are choosing to get a kitchen fitter to fit your kitchen for you then here are some tips to help you choose the right person for the job.
Think about the bigger picture
When it comes to fitting a kitchen, there will be the usual wooden bits of the kitchen that need carefully installing like the units, corner post, plinth, cornice and pelmet. But, there will also be other things that require attention like fitting a gas hob/oven, moving power sockets and plumping in a new sink and additional plastering/skimming.
Some kitchen fitters can complete some of these additional tasks themselves but ask them first what tasks need to be done by someone else and whether you need to arrange this or if the kitchen fitter will sort this out for you. If the kitchen fitter is project managing this for you then a justified additional cost would be incurred for this service.
Day rate or flat fee?
A good kitchen fitter should be able to give you some indication of how long the job will take. But, there are always hidden problems that can take up time that were not seen at the start. For example, your kitchen fitter could be taking apart the old kitchen and notices that one of your units needs to be adapted because of a boiler and pipes protruding too much and a flat fee here could leave the kitchen fitter out of pocket because of this.
Whether you kitchen fitter offers you a day rate or a flat fee, get a rough estimate of how long the job will take and check the independent pricing section below to get and idea of what things cost. Remember, if you have a large kitchen then the cost is going to be higher because of the shear work involved.
One thing to remember is that all our units come prebuilt, so no assembly is needed. They just need to be slotted into position and fixed, which saves you money straight away!
Independent kitchen fitter pricing advice
If you are after some baseline figures of what certain elements in the kitchen would cost, then the 2 sites below offer some good advice. It would also be a good idea to get 2 or 3 quotes, so that you know you will be paying the market rate. The prices listed on these sites are a few years old.
It goes without saying that if your kitchen fitter says he can connect your gas hob that you ask for thier qualifications or at least be able to validate this on their website/Facebook Business page.
If a person is installing a gas cooker/hob then they need to have the following certification. You could invalidate your home insurance if the fitter was not registered.
- Gas Safe registered
An example of an entry level requirement for a plumber is:
- Level 2/3 (NVQ) Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating
To be classed as a qualified electrician, the person needs to have a qualification such as:
- Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment)
Check reviews/customer testimonials
Not every kitchen fitter is going to have a website but having a social channel like Facebook is a free and easy way for the kitchen fitter to show off his previous work and get testimonials off their customers too. You can also check sites like:
to see if there are any independent reviews for the kitchen fitter or their company. It does pay to do a little bit of research, so that you’ll feel confident that the person you choose to fit your new kitchen, will do an excellent job!
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