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Before you buy - Top Tips

Image courtesy of Aimlight Kitchens, South WalesKnowing which kitchen you want is one, but being able to buy the kitchen you need is another story. There are a lot of things you have to think about when buying a new kitchen. We will try to give you the best advise possible to make your decision a bit easier.

First it will be important to determine how your kitchen is going to be fitted. Will it be a flat pack, a rigid construction, a custom-built or a non-fitted kitchen? Look for companies that are specialised in the construction you choose. If you choose for flat pack units, check if the company delivers a fitting service.

When you have found your company, check if it is a member of a trade body such as the kitchen specialist association (KSA). This will give you the guarantee that the business has been checked and approved. If you do decide to go through with purchasing your kitchen, make sure that you get a fully itemised costing, so that you know what to be expected to pay. Never pay the full payment for your kitchen when you place your order. Purchase from someone that offers reasonable payment terms and make sure you know the terms and conditions.

Another thing to check when you buy a kitchen, is whether the company offers a full after sales service and inspection when fitting is completed. If any questions would arise then they can be answered on the spot and maybe immediately dealt with.

Just before you decide on buying your dream kitchen, look at showroom cabinets and inspect areas that receive the heaviest wear, such as around the edges, hinges and seams, to spot any possible signs of weakness in the materials. Fully fitted showroom kitchens also give you a good idea about whether you will like certain finishes and gives you the possibility to look for different door handles, colours and materials.

So now you have been able to plan and design your kitchen, and maybe you even have decided to buy one. Good luck with the fitting, whether you will do it yourself or not, and enjoy!

Just to remind you.....

 
Look for companies that are specialised in the construction you choose, whether it's flat pack, rigid construction, custom-built or non-fitted.
If you choose for flat pack units, check if the company delivers a fitting service.
Check if your kitchen supplier is a member of a trade body such as the kitchen specialist association (KSA).
Check whether the company offers a full after sales service and inspection when fitting is completed.
Make sure that you get a fully itemised costing.
Make sure you know the terms and conditions when you are going to pay in terms.
Check the showroom kitchens for possible weaknesses in areas that will receive the most wear and tear.

 

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