We understanding choosing a kitchen company isn’t easy, confusing and mind blogging at times no doubt for some people… like most industries these days it’s a competitive market and you want to make the right decision who to select.
There’s so many different kitchen companies, at first glance they all seem to offer you much of the same thing, but when you dig a little deeper you’ll find they don’t.
Certainly on first impressions when your doing your rounds, there will be the national companies who will give you the wow factors with their big sparkling showrooms and tell you all the great things about them…that’s fine fair enough, it all sounds fantastic I’m sure, though often they can conveniently avoid telling you… what they don’t do, what isn’t included, what is left up to you to do, what will be extra later on down the road etc..
The majority of the stores you will sure to visit, will yes offer an installation service…this however is usually only what we would call a ‘dry-fit’… basically install the kitchen only but into a blank canvas where all the preliminary work is already done prior…… we would love that, all the hard work is done then J in reality its not always that simple.
So for example… Structural walls/stud walls already removed, kitchen ripped out, electrics up to date & supplies in the correct positions to suit your new layout, walls/ceilings pre-plastered, plumbing in the correct locations etc..
I’m sure you get the picture by now! That’s all the hard work done for them really…..
It’s the preparation / planning works before you fit the kitchen which Is one of the most important and the key element to achieving a great end result.
All these additional works which most likely will be required in a typical kitchen these days, will either be up to you to organise days/weeks in advance of the kitchen being installed.. (Hmmm… Hassle factor comes to mind!) or either the sub-contracted fitter from the company will charge you all these as extras on top of what you have already paid (oh great.. more money, didn’t realise this!)
We hear all the time, that a customer who has had a quotation previous off of us, opted to proceed with an alternative supplier because it has appeared they worked out a little cheaper….. However after the event once the kitchen had eventually been finished with week after week on going… then with all the extras which we had already included for but their chosen supplier hadn’t, the final cost far exceeded ours…..
Then the repeated words are said… “I wish we would have gone with you”. So when we give a quotation, we give a realistic overall cost which includes all the preliminary works, 99% of the time the price we give never changes unless there really is some unusual unforeseen issue but this is very rare. We actually tend to do more work than allowed or costed for during the process of the job though within reason we don’t charge any additional for this…. It certainly helps mind if the customer keeps the tea flowing along the way with a few biccies! Ha.