Congratulations, you have chosen your perfect kitchen! It wasn’t an easy decision. You probably spent hours deciding on the perfect ultra-modern, high gloss finish, or cosy country kitchen. Now, the question is, should you fit it yourself or call in a professional?
DIY vs Professional kitchen fitters
The first thing to ask yourself is, what are your DIY skills like? The kitchen is often the heart of the home. They can be quite pricy too! Mistakes made here are going to be obvious. Even worse, a badly fitted kitchen could ruin the enjoyment of updated space.
I can’t think of anything worse than finding your dream kitchen but doing a botch job when fitting it. The money spent will seem like a bad investment. Just to save yourself the cost of hiring a professional kitchen fitter.
Doing the kitchen yourself will also depend on how much work there is to do. There is quite a difference between replacing the units you already have with new ones and having a whole kitchen revamp. A revamp may require a layout change. You may even be increasing the size of the room so buildings work will need to be carried out.
If a kitchen overhaul is the case, you absolutely should call in the professionals. If it is a simpler task, like replacing old, tired units. You could do it yourself.
DIY kitchen fitting
The top reason for anyone wanting to fit their own kitchen is generally to save money. If you are working to a tight budget, you’re probably going to be tempted to do as much of the work you can.
Are you up to the challenge?
When fitting a kitchen, attention to detail is key. Even the slightest wonky measurement can result in a badly constructed kitchen.
You also want to make sure you are prepared for anything. You would be surprised just how many floors and walls aren’t level! You want to be confident that you can overcome any bumps along the way.
When you have finished will you sit and scrutinise every millimetre of the kitchen. This could cause you more stress than you need!
Take your time – if you can bear it!
Another perk of fitting the kitchen yourself? DIY can be done at your own pace. In evenings and weekends so it won’t mess with getting the children to school or turning up to your big meeting on time.
On the flip side, DIY could take longer. You may find that all your free time is consumed with measuring, levelling and constructing. In the worst-case scenario, you may end up resenting the new kitchen you were so excited for! Just remember that whilst you are replacing your kitchen, the room is likely to become out of action. How long are you prepared to put up with microwave meals for?
Can you do it all yourself?
Some jobs just can’t be done by an avid DIYer. Will you need to move plumbing, electricals or deal with the gas supply? If so, you absolutely should call on the expertise of a professional.
Professional Kitchen Fitter
True, choosing a professional fitter comes at a price. But you are paying for years of experience and high standards. You are also, most likely, going to save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
With each job a professional undertakes, they are putting their reputation on the line. They will want to make sure they do a good job to keep their reputation intact. So you should expect quality results.
Don’t underestimate the difference a good set of tools can make. As the saying goes, a man is only as good as his tools. Those in the trade will have a whole arsenal of tools in their kit. Were you to fit the kitchen yourself, you may end up having to go out and buy a whole host of new tools. That will quickly add a chunk to your budget!
How much will it cost to hire a professional kitchen fitter?
Ah, the million-dollar question. There is no definitive answer to this one I’m afraid. It completely depends on the size of the kitchen. And the time required to complete the fit.
Some factors may make a kitchen harder to fit which will add time. An uneven floor, for example. Or worktops that are difficult to cut.
As a very rough guide expect to pay around £500-900 for a small kitchen installation (10ft x 6ft). You can expect it to take two to three days. This cost includes the removal of the old units and installation of the work top. It does not include decoration.
Larger kitchens will take longer and cost more. It will also take longer and cost more if you are radically changing the layout of your kitchen. Electrics and plumbing may need to be moved around and walls may need to be re-plastered.
Most trades people and kitchen fitters will charge you to take away your old units. Make sure you factor that into your budget. It may work out more cost effective to get a skip, especially if you are having any other work done on your house too. If you are on a tight budget, you can do this bit yourself. Even if you call in a kitchen fitter.
Finally, don’t forget to include the cost of any plumbing or electrical work that will need to be done.
How to choose the right kitchen fitter
You won’t be short of choice when choosing your kitchen fitter. Anywhere that sells a kitchen will usually also offer a fitting service. Equally, there are a number of competent kitchen fitters and builders with the necessary skills around who will be able to also do the job.
You may even find that your preferred plumber or electrician is able to fit your kitchen for you. You may need to call them in anyway so why not see if they can do the whole job?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- What experience do they have?
- Would I be happy to have them working in my home?
- Does their quote seem reasonable? Compare it to others!
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Preparation is key
Whether you are fitting the kitchen yourself or getting someone else to do it for you. Making sure the space is ready should be top of your list. If someone is fitting for you, by doing a little work before they arrive may save them time and therefore, money.
First, carefully remove your current kitchen. You may not need to remove the carcasses if you are only changing the doors on your units. Disconnect the power and waste supply. It may even be a good idea to give the walls a layer of paint.
Check, check and check again
You can never be too careful when it comes to DIY. If you are going to undertake the fitting of your kitchen yourself remember this one golden rule. Measure twice, cut once!
Chose the best fitter, not the cheapest
Although it may be tempted to go for the cheapest fitter, go for the best. Take a look at examples of kitchens they have previously fitted. It may seem a little unnecessary. But rather that than a badly done job, right?
Make sure you are also sure exactly what you are getting for your money. The cheapest quote may end up costing you more. They could add extra costs at a later date.
As we touched on a moment ago, you will want to be comfortable with your chosen trades people. They will be working in your home for a few days. Being polite and punctual are important but underrated qualities to look for.
If you have been convinced to call in a professional to get your kitchen done, and you’re in North Norfolk, how about having a chat with us? We pride ourselves on being reliable and working to the highest of standards.