Kitchen fitters assemble and install kitchens in domestic and commercial premises. They fit cupboards, work surfaces, appliances, flooring and fittings.
The kitchen is the heart of the home so if you are a planning a new kitchen, pay as much attention to checking out kitchen fitters as to choosing your cabinets.
It is normal for kitchen fitters to work in conjunction with other tradesmen such as local plumbers, local electricians, carpenters, painters / decorators who are qualified and accredited to do the work.
A kitchen can cost as much as a car, so it’s important to spend time and money on getting kitchen fitters who can fit it properly.
Finding kitchen fitters
When buying a kitchen, lots of kitchen companies will offer their own kitchen fitters but you may want or need to find your own kitchen fitter. You can use our local tradesmen search to find a kitchen fitter.
Poor kitchen fitters can ruin a top quality kitchen yet an expert can make the most of a cheaper one. Obviously you want the best of both worlds – good cabinets and a professional installation. Units need to be fitted to a high standard to create a safe and attractive kitchen.
Some DIY enthusiasts tackle kitchen fitting themselves but it is not as easy as it used to be. When appliances simply plugged in and did not need fitting into cabinets, installation was within the grasp of those with reasonable skills. For the modern integrated kitchen, kitchen fitters need a thorough understanding of safe layout, electrics and plumbing as well as carpentry, tiling and floor-laying skills. Gas fitting has to be carried out by a Heating Engineer(one listed on the Gas Safe Register) and electrics work by a Part P registered electrician (Part P Explained).
If you want to reduce kitchen fitting costs then you could project manage the installation yourself – this way you also have full control. Consider buying the cabinets separately as this can also save money but make sure you don’t cut costs on kitchen fitters.
Top tips for finding kitchen fitters
- Ensure the kitchen fitter is reputable – ask for references from customers
- Get multiple quotations in writing from at least 3 kitchen fitters – breaking down labour and material costs
- Where possible go to see an example of a kitchen the kitchen fitters have installed
- If your kitchen fitter is a member of a trade association then phone the scheme to check this out
Questions to ask kitchen fitters:
- When can they do the work?
- How much is it inc VAT?
- What qualifications have they got?
- What other tradesmen will be required?
- How long have they been in business?
- Is the work guaranteed?
- If additional costs accrue during works, how will they be calculated?
- Do they have public liability and employers liability insurance?
Links for some local kitchen fitters:
|Kitchen Fitter Bedworth||Kitchen Fitter Street|
|Kitchen Fitter Goole||Kitchen Fitter Derby|
|Kitchen Fitter Weston-Super-Mare||Kitchen Fitter Luton|
|Kitchen Fitter Addlestone||Kitchen Fitter Braintree|