So you have decided to have a new kitchen fitted. This is brilliant! Opting to go through a new kitchen installation is perhaps one of the biggest decisions that you can make when it comes to the design of the interior of your home. Despite being a big decision however, many people rush into it. They run out there and choose the first kitchen fitters in London that they find. This is not a good idea, as you are about to see why.
On this page I want to run you through not only why you are going to need to take the time to find the right person for the job, but also touch briefly upon how you can find people to carry out your kitchen installation who are going to be doing a fantastic job. Don’t worry though. It is much simpler than you may think, especially if you live in London. Let’s take a look shall we?
Firstly, why is it important to take the time to find the right kitchen fitter for the job?
Well, because you want the job done properly. I am sure that you have seen one of the many TV shows that showcase just what happens if you get the wrong person in on the job. They may promise you the world when it comes to kitchen renovation. However, when the going gets tough they will be out of there, often leaving you penniless and with a kitchen that looks….incomplete. If they do stick around then you may end up with a kitchen that falls about with the merest brush of the shoulder against your cabinets. When it comes to getting it fixed they won’t answer the phone. This means that you are going to need to shell out even more money to get somebody in that can actually fix the problem. Do you really want to do this? Of course you don’t! This is why it is important to get the right fitter the first time out. As mentioned before, this process is easy. It is going to take you a bit of time though. Trust me. This time investment is going to be worth it.
What many people fail to realize is that a kitchen fitter is not just a builder. They won’t just come there and fit everything for you (unless you want them to do that of course). They will be there right from the first day. Their job will be to design the kitchen as well. They will have a variety of ideas that they will share with you to help create your dream kitchen based on the space that you have available. They will of course take your ideas on board as well. If you choose the wrong kitchen fitter, or choose a kitchen fitter who does not really understand what it is to be a kitchen fitter then you are going to be missing out on this design input. This may not seem like too much of a problem at the start. However, wait until later on in the project when you find a certain design element does not work. Your jaw will drop when you realize just how much it will cost to rectify this mistake.
Are there any specific requirements that kitchen fitters in London must pass in order to become an active participant in this field?
I am going to be honest with you. Pretty much anybody could operate as a kitchen fitter in London. There is no real formal qualification (although there are qualifications of course. I will touch upon these later).
People get into this industry because they see it as a quick way to make a good bulk of cash. They do not realize just how much work and how much skill is involved in kitchen installation. It is not a case of turning up and screwing some cabinets to the walls. It is without a doubt one of the most difficult jobs when it comes to interior decorating.
If you choose a company that is not experienced then it is going to make your life hell. They will not know what they are doing, they will shoot over budget, and when everything goes a little bit wrong they will disappear from your property, most likely never to return. They will have your money in their pockets too. This means that you are going to need to shell out even more money to get the right team in on the job. This of course goes to show why it is important to get the right people in on the job at the start. It may cost you a little bit more in the short term. However, if you focus on the long term quality of the project then you are most likely going to end up saving money.
How to choose the right kitchen fitters?
I think to understand how you can go about choosing the right kitchen fitters in London it is worth knowing a little bit more about what they actually do. If you know what they do then it is easy to narrow down exactly who is going to do the job properly and who is nothing more than a cowboy after a quick pound or two in their pocket. You should not only look towards whether they can accomplish these tasks, but it should point you in the right direction at least.
- A good bulk of the job will involve looking at highly technical drawings to help plan the layout of the kitchen. They will also be following these drawings to the line to ensure that the kitchen installation goes to plan.
- They will dispose of your old units, and of course fit your new ones. (They don’t always dispose of the old units if you do not want to. Most kitchen fitters in London will allow you to do it yourself if you wish)
- General Carpentry Work
- General Electrical Work
- Tiling and other forms of decorating.
- Unit assembly
- Design of the kitchen.
- Ensuring that the project stays on budget.
- Hiring of any additional staff to complete your kitchen installation (i.e. sub-contract out. If they are good then they will have a crack team of experts who they know are good at kitchen installation)
- Ordering any parts and supplies that they may need. They may even order the whole kitchen at a trade price if you have not ordered one yet.
- Cleaning everything up after the job has been completed.
As you can see, there is a lot that needs to be done by your kitchen fitter when it comes to kitchen installation. As mentioned previously there is no real qualification when it comes to being a kitchen fitter. However, the best in the industry do go out of their way to achieve voluntary qualifications and it is important that you seek out kitchen fitters in London that have these qualifications.
Carpentry and joinery knowledge and experience is a must!
You are going to want to work with kitchen fitters who have carpentry and joinery experts on their team. This is for cutting worktops and the like. If they do not have experts then your kitchen will end up looking hideous.
Plumbing is also a must. This will include gas and waterworks. They also need to be experienced with electronics. Some of the older kitchen fitters in London will not have formal qualifications that they can show you (although they do need a formal qualification if they are going to be working with gas). You are therefore going to want to look to the experience they have in the field.
In recent years a qualification has been introduced for new kitchen fitters. This is an NVQ Level 2 qualification which consists of on-the-job training. It is basically an internship. A newcomer to the world of kitchen fitting will not be able to work on their own unless they have achieved this qualification. Trust me when I say it is difficult to achieve too. The people that have this qualification have proven beyond any sort of doubt that they are more than capable of the task. If a kitchen fitter in London has this qualification plus kitchen installation experience then you will certainly want to consider at least interviewing them for the job.
This is just a very brief guide to the world of kitchen fitters in London. Hopefully it has given you a bit of information on what they do though, but perhaps more importantly, information on why you should only work with the best.
Are there any good kitchen fitters in London?
There are plenty of shows on the television nowadays about ‘cowboy’ tradesmen.
It often leads to people thinking that the only kitchen fitters in London are those that are waiting to rip them off. I have excellent news for you though. There are more good kitchen fitters in the area than bad ones. Your only job is to actually find them. Thankfully that is what I am going to run you through on this page. Let’s take a little look at how you can find a good kitchen fitter in London shall we?
It is worth noting that the best kitchen fitters in London are often packed to the brim with bookings. This is because word gets around but how good a particular company is and people are climbing over one another to book them. It is therefore important to remember that you are going to want to start searching for kitchen fitters in London a good few months before you actually plan to have the kitchen installation carried out. This way you can be sure that the people who carry out the work are the ones you want to do the job.
So how do you find good kitchen fitters in London? Well, you are going to need to do a bit of research! Now, there are plenty of different ‘research methods’ that you can use. I am sure that you can think of something which I have not included on this list. However, the methods below are a good start and should throw up many a kitchen fitter for you to get in touch with:
Friend & Family Recommendations: This is without a doubt one of the best methods that you can use for finding kitchen fitters in London. Just ask your friends and family! They will be more than happy to tell you whether they chose the right fitter or not. In addition to this you may even have the pleasure of checking out the work that the kitchen fitter completed!
Search Engines: If you want a good list of companies quickly then carry out a quick search through one of your favourite search engines. Straight away you will get a list of twenty or so companies that you can use. You can then click on their websites, grab their contact details, and make a note of them. You will need them again soon!
Review Websites: This is another fantastic way for finding a good kitchen fitter in London. There are plenty of review websites out there which will be packed to the brim with all sorts of companies that you could potentially work with. The great thing here is that there will be reviews for each and every company that is listed on the website. This means that it should be even easier to find who is good and who is not that good. Do
take reviews with a pinch of salt though. There are plenty of companies out there who are willing to beat the system by posting their own reviews. How naughty is that?
Trade Directories: You can either browse through online trade directories or even paper-based ones (the local WH Smith may have a couple of trade magazines on sale that you can browse through). This is not the best method, but it is going to give you a couple more company names.
You have a few contact details, What do you do next?
By now you should have obtained the contact details of a number of kitchen fitters in London. I suggest that you have at least five companies that you can get in touch with. If you have more than that then that is fantastic! Bear in mind the next step is going to take a lot of work though!
The next thing you need to do is get in touch with all of the companies in your list. You are going to want to set up an interview with them so you can discuss your needs. You should never opt for a kitchen fitter if you do not go to a consultation. This is going to be a recipe for disaster.
During the interview stage you should get a general idea of the personality of the person that you could be potentially working with. You are going to want to find out a little bit about the projects they have completed in the past etc. It is important that you ask them any questions that you have. This will help you decide whether you can trust them or not. If you have the slightest hesitation in working with them then DON’T work with them. This is only going to lead to problems.
It is important that during the interview stage that the kitchen fitter is on board with your ideas. If they are not, it does not matter how good they are at their job, this is going to be a recipe for disaster as you will not end up with something that you want. It is going to be a complete waste of your money.
What if you can’t choose between more than one kitchen fitter to work with?
If you are lucky and have identified more than one company that you could potentially work with (this is very rare) then you are going to need to make a choice on which company to go with. Generally speaking this is all going to come down to price (although you can use any factor you want when it comes to making your decision). I am not going to lie to you here, kitchen fitters are expensive. Therefore if you can shave a little bit of money off the price then by all means do! This does not mean that you should opt for a sub-par company who offers a cheap price though. This is just going to result in you spending more money in having to have the mistakes that the company made rectified!
Fitting a kitchen is a task for specialists and fits vary. Costs of fitting done by specialists is something that is calculated per unit, with additions added on for appliance cutouts, alterations and cutting things such as pipes, worktops, etc. You should not trust such a careful process to a non specialist, as you don’t want your project’s outcome to be spoiled.
Yes, this is a lot of information to bear in mind. However, if you want your kitchen installation done right then you ARE going to need to take the time to find the right company. It does not matter how long it takes!