Buying fitted kitchens is a popular alternative to building up your own bits and pieces, and the reason for that is that they often pre-match cabinets and work surfaces, and provide a cohesive and easily identifiable style to any room. Of course they also come with the added advantage that they are fitted for you, but be under no illusions of this being cheap labour. With fitted kitchens often running in to the thousands, even tens of thousands, it’s important to make sure you know what you’re buying, when you can expect installation, and what your remedies are should anything go wrong.
One of the most attractive points when buying a fitted kitchen is often the fact that the labour is supplied within the price. This can be a handy way to make sure your kitchen is installed correctly in your home and can give you the peace of mind to know that whilst you may be working or have other commitments, you’re kitchen is being taken care of by professionals.
Unfortunately the major downside is that this kind of labour is incredibly expensive. In fact, most fitted kitchens themselves would cost a fraction were it not for the labour, which is marked up by the kitchen retailer to provide a handsome profit. A more cost effective way to do a kitchen, if you have the time, skills and inclination is to do it yourself. Cabinets and work surfaces can all be bought from kitchenware retailers for much less than you would expect, and where you can physically put in the labour, you might just end up saving several thousand that would otherwise have gone into workman’s wages and the retailer’s margin.
Checking For Quality
Quality is an easy way for manufacturers to save money. It is often reported that fitted kitchens are made of cheap woods, or are thrown together with shoddy handles. Indeed the finish in the showroom may not be of the same quality as that you can expect in your home. That means it’s important to look beyond the initial idea of what your kitchen will look like to actually inspect the wood and workmanship in the showroom. Don’t be afraid to ask if this is likely to be reflective of the standard you can expect in your own home – after all, you will be spending a substantial amount of money, so you may as well get things just right.