|Install new kitchen||£2,000||£5,000|
Installing a new kitchen in your home is one of the largest internal renovation jobs that most people undertake. The results can be stunning, transform your home and add value to your property, but there is a lot of work to get to the final product. The style and materials of your kitchen will make up a good deal of your budget and this is probably something you will choose or at least have in mind before you hire your builder or kitchen installer.
Whether you are buying a readymade kitchen or you wish to have one custom-made, your builder should be able to advise you on what and where to buy. Do ask to see photographs of past work, as any competent tradesman will be happy to send them to you or even show you testimonials or examples of work in your area. The builders will start off by measuring your kitchen as well as looking at whether you will require further electrical outlets, lighting or extra plumbing work.
The job is as large as you want to make it and it does help to hire someone who is good at planning and who you feel comfortable working with. Their expertise will be invaluable as the job progresses and you will find that you are paying for experience as well as just labour. A good kitchen fitter will be able to advise you on everything from the kind of finish you would like for your cabinet doors to which kind of cooker hood to choose.
In order to fit a new kitchen in your home your builder will first have to take the old one out, or at least as much of the old one as you wish to get rid of. In some cases you may wish to keep the carcasses of the cabinets and cupboards, simply replacing doors and fittings with new ones.
Your tradesman will prepare your kitchen for the installation, which may also require bringing in electricians and plumbers or working with those from the same firm. The main part of the job will divide into cabinets, countertops and work surfaces, as these are the primary visual aspect of the kitchen. But your installation is also likely to include the electrical installation of new appliances, such as ovens, hobs, dishwashers and washing machines. There will also be plumbing to go with these new appliances.
Then there is the flooring and the décor of the kitchen, the cost of which will largely be determined on the size of the kitchen. Each of these jobs is a specialist role in itself, so you may end up with a team of tradesmen or a few tradesmen from the same business. It is often best to have one kitchen expert tradesman take the lead on the job, rather than trying to hire all the individual trades yourself. This way the job will be coordinated and you will not be spending money on tradesmen who are not able to complete their part of the job as they are waiting for another trade to finish.
Your kitchen should be left neat and tidy once the job is completed. All rubbish from the installation and from the removal of your previous kitchen should be removed. You may have to hire a skip for this part of the job. Do ask your builder if this is required or if this is something that they will organise and include in your bill.
Your kitchen builder should be prepared to come back shortly after the kitchen has been installed to deal with any snags or problems that may occur with the kitchen once you start to use it. It could be that a socket does not work, a door does not quite sit right or a downlight is faulty. This service should be a part of the overall bill for the job and should not incur any extra cost.
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