Tips for Buying a New Kitchen
Tips for Buying a New KitchenTips for Buying a New KitchenBuying a new kitchen can be a hassle, there are many aspects to consider; quality, service and of course price. Here are some tips that will hopefully make the process a lot easier for you:
1) When you are considering buying a new kitchen make sure to consult with experts first, no matter how appealing the kitchen and the offer is, never buy the kitchen on the first day. Take your time to think about every aspect before investing in it.
2) Look at 2 different designs in varying budget levels; you never know what you can actually afford unless you do your research. You can get a clearer picture on what you need and what you don’t, for example, you may have not known the benefits of having kitchen stone hoods, only after doing some research you know how beneficial kitchen stone hoods are.
3) Find out how long the company has been established. Some companies offer ’20 year guarantees’ on their products but have only been trading in business five years or less! This gives you a good idea of the caliber of company you are dealing with. “If the company has been trading 10 years or more, you know that they have survived by not over or under pricing. They would have had to have been competitive, have offered good products and, of course, had a good level of after sale service.
4) Does the company have their own fitters and sub contractors?
If you chose an offer that included kitchen stone hoods, would the companies fitters be able to come and do the job or would you have to hire someone from outside? Sometimes if an after sales service is required under the guarantee period the company can blame the fitters and vice-versa. This can leave you with the problem unsolved, if you cannot establish who is accountable. Having a broken oven, badly fitted sink or leaking washing machine can really disrupt family life.
5) Remember to always ask for references and ask to see an actual installation. This will help you understand what kind of service you are likely to receive.
6) Think long and hard about the design. Plan views are now a thing of the past and you should deal with a company that can offer you a visual of your new kitchen. It is always advisable to see your new kitchen in the style and finish of your choice before you actually buy it.
7) Some trade only companies are now offering their services direct to the public. They will show you around their workshops and you are able to see the quality of kitchens for yourself without being confused by any sales patter. You will always be able to save money on a like-for-like basis.
8) Remember what you see is not what you get. Even if it looks appealing to the eyes the quality may not be as appealing. It is natural to look at and touch the kitchen cabinets, the worktop, sink and taps and appliances. However, this can be a risky strategy. You need to look at the quality of the carcasses, especially the density and thickness, the types of drawers and drawer runners, the type of hinge, the type of backs of cabinets, types of kitchen stone hoods etc.
9) If standard kitchen cabinets do not fit exactly to your existing room you have two choices: Accept that standard sizes of kitchen units may be cheaper or seek out a manufacturer who will supply and fit your new kitchen directly and will make the special sized cabinets to fit your room. Remember you may pay a premium for bespoke sized units BUT they will always fit your room better and look more appealing.
10) Go to a company who is realistic about their timescale. The amount of time it will take to supply and fit your kitchen will vary depending on its size and the products you choose but be suspicious of anyone who promises a very quick, or very slow, turnaround.
11) Lastly remember just kitchen units and appliances aren’t your only costs. You have to consider flooring options, lighting, curtains, painting and decorating as well.