The kitchen is a central feature of the home; as it’s where most if not all of your meals are prepared it’s perfectly normal to be using it more than three times a day. As such, you want to make sure your kitchen is somewhere that you like spending time in, and it can be important to have one in which you feel comfortable and at home.
One means of making your kitchen a nicer place is to install a fitted kitchen. A fitted kitchen makes using the room a more enjoyable experience, it helps you be overall more house-proud and it makes using your equipment so much more practical.
However, the act of buying and installing a fitted kitchen can be somewhat intimidating for those not knowing where to start, so this guide will give you a better idea of how to go about it.
See What You’re Buying
Buying a fitted kitchen can be a large commitment financially, and as such you want to know exactly what it is you’re getting. Ensure that you’ve familiarised yourself with the kitchen you’re going to get, you know all the ins and outs and you’re completely happy with the choice.
Before signing on the dotted line, thoroughly examine descriptions and brochures, and if possible, get to a show room to see your kitchen of choice in front of you. This is the best method of truly getting a feel for the end result, as it allows you to see the room in action, use it yourself (trying out drawers and cupboards, not cooking meals; the show room staff wouldn’t be best pleased) and know what your kitchen will end up like.
The last thing you want is to pay out enough money to buy a new car and end up with a kitchen that’s slightly off-colour or that has a few features that wouldn’t fit your home.
Be Sure You Can Afford It
As previously mentioned, a top-notch fitted kitchen can cost as much as a new car, or a luxury family holiday, so you want to be sure that you can commit to that investment. Most fitted kitchens can be bought with finance options to help make the cost more manageable, paying over a set time.
However you choose to pay, you must be certain that a fitted kitchen is something you can definitely afford, and ensure that you are fully aware of how the finance options work. You’ll need to take into consideration any interest charged to make sure you’re still getting a good deal. Most finance options are good deals, you just want to be sure you don’t end up with the one designer that’ll sneakily overcharge you.
Be aware that a fitted kitchen is not always as straight forward as just putting in a kitchen unit. As every house is different, there may be extra work that needs doing to properly install a fitted kitchen unit. Therefore, it is essential that you speak to your designer and make sure they can provide the services to cover any unforeseen additional alterations that need doing. If it turns out you need the floor redoing before the kitchen can go in, you don’t want to have to go to another company, pay out separately and have to liaise between the two, when you could consolidate all the work into one project with a single company.
Never Pay in Full
Most companies are professional and trust-worthy, but just to err on the side of caution, never pay the full amount for your kitchen until you have received the goods and services in their entirety. You should hopefully not run into any problems, but you do hear stories of nightmare contractors who only finish half a job and you don’t want that to be you.
Be Completely Sure
Lastly, you should be 100% sure about the decisions you are making before you commit to buying a fitted kitchen. Then you can rest in the assurance you’re getting exactly what you want and needn’t worry about the means to that end. Once you have weighed up all the options and have definitely made up your mind, then go for it and enjoy your new kitchen.
An article by Rob Holman, who suggests for kitchen buyers to look into Nicholas Anthony, just outside London.