Kitchen Secret #17How much should you pay for your new kicthen?
Obviously everybody wants to spend as little as possible. Everybody also likes to get a bargain. Thats why tried and tested
ways of offer on kitchens on sale still work.
However, most people have also heard of the phrase buy cheap, buy dear. This of course means that although youre buying lovely looking brand new kitchen furniture, it might not last for long. You therefore need to find the fine line in-between investing enough so you receive a quality product and paying too much for something that isnt worth it.
You need to make a sober, logical decision as to how much your proposed kitchen is actually worth. The only way to accomplish that is to break everything down into its individual component.
You need to consider how many cabinets are in the kitchen. You need to consider what kind of worktop is included in the kitchen furniture.
You need to be aware of the value of the appliances that are included. Then you have to consider the kitchen fitting costs. In the UK, the cost for fitting a kitchen will generally fit inside the £800 to £2000 bracket.
Especially small or large exceptions to the rule will always of course occur, but generally these figures are a good rule of thumb.
Referring back to Kitchen Secret number 4, the information used by the kitchen designer does of course have to have some kind of factual base. For an average kitchen (say 4 base cupboards and four wall units in addition to appliances) the potential cost could vary by thousands. For such a kitchen, its possible to go down to a DIY store and purchased all your furniture for £1000, an oven, hob extractor and integrated dishwasher for £400 and then get somebody local to fit it all for you for around £600. This £2000 expenditure might be the ideal way to go about doing things if youre going to be renting a flat out with the kitchen in it, living in the property for a short period of time, or selling the property soon.
To such people, this particular way of fitting kitchen furniture tends to be a means of accomplishing something else.To property developers, the only reason that they want to fit a new kitchen is to rent to property more easily, or sell it quicker and for a greater value. However, if youre going to be staying in your property for a few years, then you need to spend more money on your kitchen. The kitchen for your own house isnt just an investment though. It isnt even mainly an investment. In this instance, without overstating it, its a significant part of your life for many years to come.
You will spend hours every week opening its doors and using its equipment. However, like your bed its traditionally undervalued in the impact that under-investment can have on it.
Do some research into the quality of the construction. Even basic laminated worktops can vary significantly in the method of production and materials involved. Some can quite easily handle a boiling hot pan being place on top of them. Some will turn a very strange colour and start to peel. Simply find out which manufacturer makes the worktops that the kitchen furniture company is going to supply you with and do some research on them before you sign the contract. Decent laminated worktops will only add a couple of hundred pounds onto the cost of your kitchen, but will benefit you for many years to come.
Quality doors are a rip-off in many mid-market kitchen companies.
Many mid-market kitchen companies calculate a simple percentage of gross profit that they are targeted to achieve for each and every kitchen. This means that the more expensive the door, the more money that theyll make from selling you the same carcass that they use for every kitchen. This isnt fair and you should know about it. Even with great quality doors and a good quality carcass, a single kitchen cupboard shouldnt cost too much more than £200. Unfortunately, Kitchen Secrets cant give you a definitive amount that you should spend as a maximum on your kitchen. But as long as you make yourself aware of the acceptable parameters for each part of the kitchen you wont go too far wrong.
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