There’s no getting away from it, kitchen units aren’t cheap. And, when you’re making such a sizeable investment, you want your kitchen to become a beautiful heart to your home and represent money well spent – right?
Of course! But let’s face facts, with so many kitchen companies out there, many are guilty of less than perfect design and even shoddy workmanship. So how do you make sure you use a kitchen company you can trust? Take a look at 10 keys things to watch out for:
A great reputation
First and foremost, it is essential that the company you choose has a great reputation for solid kitchen units and a client base that is pleased with their work.
To tick this off your list you can simply enter into Google “company name + reviews”, or you may need to ask the company directly if they can put you in touch with previous clients.
Another good place to review your potential fitters would be the company’s social media profiles. If you are looking to find a kitchen fitter then this is a good idea as you will be able to weigh up client satisfaction, as well as the way in which the company communicates with clients.
A portfolio that reflects your ideas
Every kitchen fitting company should have an extensive portfolio, look to see if there’s anything that reflects your own project’s style and design ideas. Be sure to check out the company’s website initially, as any reputable kitchen fitting company will feature their portfolio somewhere online.
You may also wish to ask the company directly about their experience with projects similar to yours if you believe your style or specifications are particularly unique. Here are some of the kitchen styles we have worked on in the past if want to see if they line up with the theme you are going for.
A company who specialise in kitchen units… and only kitchen units
The saying “jack of all trades, master of none” has never been truer than when applied to kitchen fitting services! Make sure you choose kitchen units specialists, rather than a company that champions that they are great at everything, from building right through to plumbing.
A friendly, professional service throughout
First class customer service should be apparent right from the very first phone call or email, showing the company’s intention immediately. After all, if you are met with a relatively stony-faced rep at your first meeting, imagine what the company will be like if you encounter problems with your kitchen!
A kitchen that is safe as well as stylish
The safety of your kitchen should never be far from your thoughts. This means undertaking all the due diligence that you would when employing an electrician or plumber. This should include the checking of proper professional credentials.
An understanding of what you want
If you get the feeling that the kitchen fitting company you appointed just doesn’t get what you’re trying to achieve, then it is probably best to stop and find someone who does! Sometimes kitchen fitting companies are just too set on certain project types, styles or designs to adapt, so it’s important to find a company that fits your ideas.
A great attitude
A company’s sales rep should have a great attitude to the project, so too should the actual professionals who are undertaking the fitting. If you have chance to meet the team prior to confirming an order, then weigh up their attitude and see if they seem committed to the project.
A company with the tools to create your dream kitchen
Whilst many good kitchen fitting companies may be able to source specific kitchen parts, the company in question should provide more than enough design options to suit every whim and request. These means you’re not waiting around any longer than necessary to be scheduled in for your fitting service.
Solid branded kitchen units
A range of solid branded names shows that the kitchen fitting company only provides the best and most solid of items, which is particularly important when buying integrated white goods, such as a cooker fridge or freezer.
What’s more, you should also ask about what warranty coverage you will receive with the kitchen elements, which will likely different between white goods and parts such as your cabinet carcasses.
A good gut feeling!
Sometimes you just have to trust your gut. If you get a sinking feeling, or second thoughts at any point – whether this be at initial enquiry or just before you sign on the dotted line – always listen to your gut instinct!
If you would like to discuss with us how Kitchen Warehouse can help fit your dream kitchen then get in touch with one of our experts today. You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form or give us a call on 01765 640 000. You can also email us on email@example.com for a quick and informed response from one of our team.