How much to fit a kitchen
Well. I think the average cost to have it fitted professionally is going to be between £2,000 and £4,000.
The actual cost will depend upon the full extent of your work … and how you go about the fitting!
As a rule of thumb, it is far cheaper to arrange the Fitter yourself, than to rely on a Fitter provided by your Kitchen Retailer.
It’s worth noting … Your kitchen retailer will only provide a fitting service … if they make money from it!
So, for example, if a kitchen fitter was to charge £2,500 to fit your kitchen – the retailer would look to make at least a 40% margin on this, and therefore would tell you the fitting costs £3,500 … it makes sense to take back control and save this money.
But how do you find a decent fitter? – read on!
Kitchen Fitting Costs …
are determined by the quality of your fitter! – So how do you find a good one?
Having worked as a Kitchen Installation Manager, for a large Kitchen Retailer in the UK for many years, I have met countless Kitchen Fitters.
Some of these Fitters have been a delight (good at their job and I would, and have, had them working in my own house).
And some Fitters that, frankly, I have been embarrassed to be associated with.
This is the main reason I suggest you find your own Kitchen Fitter … rather than having any old Fitter foisted on you without having a say in the matter!
When looking for a decent Kitchen Fitter it’s worth taking recommendations into account – do you know someone who has recently had their kitchen done, and would they recommend their fitter?
If you don’t know anyone like this, or simply don’t know where to look – why not try the job posting schemes – they work really well. In most cases, they cost you nothing!
You simply go on to their web site and fill out a simple form (that highlights the work you want doing) – this is then circulated and views by their registered members … who will then contact you with estimated costs.
There are a number of these schemes about – I personally prefer the My Job Quote scheme (please note that if you use this I will be paid a small commission) but the “Rated People” and “Checkatrade” also work – I just happen to think the “My Job Quote” scheme works best.
This gives you the opportunity of “whittling down” these people to a few that you would like to get a firm quote from.
It is worthwhile getting a few to visit you – go through the extent of the work with them, and ask them for a fixed price for the job
You can then make your choice.
A simple tip!
If your potential Kitchen Fitter is any good he will already be booked up for about 3 months, and will not be able to start before then.
If any Kitchen Fitter suggests he could start within a week or so, avoid him like the plague! – he is probably useless!
Also when you are asking the question … how much to fit a kitchen … remember that the cheapest quote is not always the best one.