During the planning stage of any new kitchen there are important decisions to make about the layout, the look, the usability and the cost. But what also needs careful consideration is who will fit your kitchen.
Securing an experienced kitchen fitter can prove the difference between a smooth and successful installation process, or else a stressful fitting with a catalogue of errors. One way you can increase the likelihood of things going well is through purchasing an installation service from a kitchen company, although for this you will pay a premium over finding an installer yourself. For a start, the company will almost certainly have to charge you VAT, where an individual tradesman might not be VAT registered. Additionally, the company is taking on risk, will have overheads associated with providing an installation service, and will also look to make a small profit. Taken together, this may result in a 50%-100% premium over sourcing your own installer…So if it’s more expensive, what are the reasons for doing so?…Find out here:-
You have an experienced kitchen fitter
In this scenario ‘experience’, should not mean how many years someone has been fitting kitchens. Instead, it should mean a fitter who is experienced in fitting the same brand of kitchen that you are purchasing.
A kitchen company will use the same installers week in, week out, meaning they will be highly familiar with the product. Myriads of different kitchen cabinetry manufacturers are available; but whilst there is a commonality of good installation principles and accreditations, there can be significant differences between manufacturers. For example, the handleless channel on a Hacker kitchen is secured from behind using a series of tension screws. If you’re not familiar with it, working out how to do it can be a challenge. Inexperienced workmanship can sometimes have a knock-on effect on other aspects of your kitchen too. For example, if a kitchen fitter installs base units that aren’t completely level then this can in turn prevent a correct worktop alignment. This is both difficult and expensive to later correct.
They work to agreed standards
A kitchen installer provided via a company will be working to that company’s agreed methods and standards. For example, all LWK Kitchens installers work to ‘Installing Excellence.’ This is a document that specifies everything from the type of alignment lasers that should be used, to the type of screws and where they should be located. It also specifies agreed safety practices to which all our installers must adhere.
You’re only dealing with one company
In short, this makes life simpler, processes quicker, and everything tends to run more smoothly than if you are having to make calls or send emails to relay information between your kitchen company and an independent kitchen fitter.
You can avoid disputes
If the same company supplies the furniture and the fitting, then should any damage occur you – the client – need not become party to a ‘he said, she said’ blame game between the retailer and your installer.
Instead if you purchase your installation from a kitchen company, they will be liable. The company will have to fix or replace any damage, without risk of cost (or headache) to you.
You’re better protected if disputes do occur
Under the Consumer rights Act you have more legal protection when dealing with a retailer for a supply and installation contract, than you have when dealing with two separate entities.
You can avoid delays
If you are working with an individual and their previous job overruns, what will this mean for you? Or else, what if they are ill, or a family member is ill? From van breakdowns to tool thefts (an all too common problem in London regrettably) at LWK Kitchens we have experienced all these scenarios. However, because we have a good-sized team of installers the delay can almost always be kept to a day or two. We also normally work weekends to make up the time and return to schedule. Life -and delays- happen, but what matters is having the capacity to respond swiftly.
You can avoid a day rate fee
Whilst some independent fitters charge a total price for the job, some charge a day rate. Whenever that’s the case the price of an installation can quickly escalate if the work over-runs. Comparatively, with installation purchased through a kitchen company your agreed fitting price will be all-inclusive.
It can give extra peace of mind
Carrying out any major works in the home can prove a disruptive and stressful experience…
Knowing you have the mentioned benefits of experienced fitters, extra protection against things going wrong, and a contingence in place in case of delays, are all means for giving extra peace of mind and reducing anxiety.