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8 Tips for Buying a New Kitchen

09:27 AM November 26, 2020

When searching for a newly fitted kitchen, it is important to visit the showroom and discuss your needs with experts who have your best interests in mind. You should avoid buying a new kitchen on the same day regardless of how attractive an offer sounds. Instead, take your time by going home and thinking about the offer. ‘Special offers’ are likely to be lower in the days or weeks when you say no.

It is a good idea to get at least 2 new kitchen designs at different budget levels. Doing so will help you choose a kitchen that suits your needs and help you determine the budget to set for your new kitchen project. RTA Shaker kitchen cabinets are a popular choice.

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Find out how long the company has been in business. Some companies have been trading for 5 years or less but offer ’20-year guarantees’ on their products. Knowing how long a company has been in business will help you have a good kitchen company idea.

A company that has been trading for 10 years or more has survived by not under or overpricing. For many years, a company that survives has done so because it has been competitive, offered quality products, and has a good after-sale service level.

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Find out whether the company has their own fitters or they are sub-contractors. Who are you paying? In some cases, a company can blame the fitters, or the fitters can blame the company whenever you need an after-sales service under the guarantee period. If you can’t determine who is accountable, you will not solve the problem, and a badly fitted sink, broken oven, or leaking washing machine can disrupt family life.

Ask for references and ask the company to show you the kitchens they have installed. This will give you an idea of the service and quality to expect if you choose the company.

Think carefully about the new kitchen design. Plan views are a thing of the past. Look for a company that offers a 3D visual of your new kitchen. It is good to see your new kitchen in the finish and style you want before buying it.

Some trade-only companies offer their services directly to the public. Such companies will show you what they have in their workshops, and you can see the quality of their kitchens for yourself and make an informed decision on buying a new kitchen. A like-for-like basis will help you save money.

Keep in mind that quality isn’t always skin deep. When searching for a new kitchen, the appeal is likely on how the appearance of the kitchen. It is natural to look at and touch the worktop, kitchen cabinets, appliances, sink, and taps. However, the problem with this is that it can be risky. It is important to look at the quality of the carcasses, particularly the thickness and density. Consider the type of backs of cabinets, types of the hinge, type of drawers and drawer runners, and so on.

If standard kitchen cabinets don’t fit your existing room, you can accept that kitchen units’ standard sizes may be cheaper or look for a manufacturer who supplies and fits new kitchens directly as the manufacturer can make specially sized cabinets that will fit your room. It would be best if you remembered that you might pay a premium for tailor-made units, but the good thing about them is that they will fit your room better and look more beautiful.

Choose a company that provides a realistic time-scale for your kitchen project. The amount of time it takes to supply and fit a new kitchen varies depending on its size and chosen products. However, avoid those companies that promise a very quick or very slow time-scale when buying a new kitchen.

Finally, realize that a kitchen’s cost is not all about the worktops, kitchen units, and appliances. Allow for curtains or blinds, floor and wall coverings, lighting and painting, and decorating.

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