Considering buying a new kitchen? Do you know how much a new kitchen is likely to cost?
A leading interior design publication in the UK recently stated that on average, a new kitchen costs around £8,000 in total. However, this is nothing if not a dangerously vague estimate.
Kitchen costs are the epitome of the classic ‘how long is a piece of string’ debate. Technically speaking, you could spruce up your smaller kitchen from top to bottom for less than £1,000. Alternatively, you could easily blow more than £10,000 and only half finish the job.
This is why it is important to calculate the costs of every aspect of your kitchen overhaul, before getting the project underway. The materials you select will have perhaps the biggest impact on affordability (or otherwise), depending on how luxurious and hard-wearing you what your new kitchen. Spend thousands on granite and marble, or opt for laminate worktops and save a fortune – it’s entirely up to you.
In any case, there are steps that can be taken to keep things under control and ensure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
Establish Your Budget Ahead of Time
For example, it’s far better to work out exactly how much you can spend and stick to your budget. If you don’t have a maximum cost in mind, you could find the price of your kitchen spiralling out of control pretty quickly. Once you’ve established your budget, you’ll find it much easier to select materials, appliances, gadgets and accessories you can actually afford.
Many kitchen retailers offer free design visits as part of the package. Others charge £50 or more, which is a little excessive given the amount you’ll subsequently spend on your dream kitchen. Working with Kitchen Warehouse, you can check out our kitchen units for sale and save some of the costs.
Old Kitchen Removal Costs
Don’t forget that you will (probably) need somebody to tear out your old kitchen and dispose of it. You’ll need to hire help to safely remove your gas appliances, along with any kitchen cabinets, units, furniture and fixtures you can’t handle yourself. Kitchen removal costs are calculated on the scale of the job, though tend to hover around the £150 mark.
The manufacturer you purchase your new kitchen from may include fitting, wiring and plumbing etc. as part of the package at no extra cost. If you buy all your bits and pieces elsewhere and hire help to get them installed, it could cost you anything from £500 to £5,000 – depending on the size and complexity of the kitchen. There may be some aspects of the installation you can handle manually, but it’s by far one of the most complex DIY jobs you’ll ever take on. One which in most instances is best allocated to the experts.
Counters, Cupboards and Worktops
Material choice will play a big role in determining the overall costs of your new kitchen. For example, opt for decent-quality laminate worktops and your entire kitchen could be kitted out for less than £1,000. By contrast, upgrade to granite or marble and the same square footage could set you back £5,000. It’s the same with appliances – you can pay £100 to more than £1,000 for a cooker, anything from £200 to £2,000 for a fridge freezer and so on.
Important as it may be, flooring is often overlooked where kitchen installation and renovation projects are concerned. In this instance, it’s a similar story to the above – it’s all about material choice. Go for something attractive but artificial for a few hundred pounds, or push the boat out with natural stone for thousands. They’ll both get the job done, so it’s up to you which way you go.
Compare the Market
Last but not least, it’s advisable to not accept any deal on any kitchen you have in mind, before finding out if you can get a better deal on your kitchen units or doors elsewhere. Even if it means a little legwork on your behalf, it could help reduce the costs of your dream kitchen by a considerable margin. Here at Kitchen Warehouse, you can save money through our range of kitchen units for sale – we are pleased to offer great quality kitchens at prices you won’t find elsewhere!