But I am not made of money and there are so many issues .
some offer cheap then you find they are only carcasses and need doors etc.
What is the best way for someone on a limited budget. Then I kmow there
is the fitting .
Any ideas of a plan of action would be appreciated . Thank you
Decide on what you would like if money was no object, design it or get them
to design it, ask how much it will cost, then work your way down from there.
If you start off by going for a cheapie, that's what you will end up with
but you might find you could get something better if only you had asked.
Whatever you do you need to get a quote for whatever it is they are
supplying. So get them to tell you in writing that doors are extra, fitting
is extra, delivery is extra, or whatever. Or get them to say something like
"To supplying fully fitted and working kitchen units and cupboards, ready
for immediate use . . . .
Well, I've fitted lots of Ikea ones (one of the cheapest), an never
seen or heard of this before. I think someone was trying to scare
you when they couldn't think of a valid reason to buy some over-priced
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I agree I've fitted some really really cheap kitchen doors and never had a
problem with warping ... the only thing I can think of is maybe they meant
doors which are above the cooker/hob and may be subject to steam? Then again
I've never had any problems.
It was people I know who told me. I guess a lot will depend on how steamed
up you kitchen might get and other such considerations however, I must say
that looking at some unit the doors are suspect, but having said that I was
quite amazed at how well the B&Q cheap doors were
The cheapest option is to design it yourself, buy the
units/worktops/sink/appliances/tiles etcetera that match your design, then
fit it all yourself although the electrics need to be installed/passed by a
'competent person' to meet the part P buildings regs.
If DIY plus an electrician isn't an option, the next cheapest option is
design it yourself, buy the units/worktops/sink/appliances that match your
design, then get local tradespersons who you know to be good workers to fit
it for you. Bought-in labour is expensive. If your savings don't quite
stretch ask your building society if you can add it to your mortgage, if you
have a mortgage. Otherwise consider a personal bank loan.
The most expensive option is to go to Moben/Magnet/Kitchens Direct/similar
outfit who will design, supply and fit, and take you to the cleaners. You
can say goodbye to a grand on the salesperson's commission for starters,
then you are at the mercy of the fitters who will probably not be allocated
enough time to do a decent job. They will offer finance, probably at
extortionate interest rates.
My advice is to get plenty of comparative quotes. How long do you expect to
be in this property? Will it be a cost-effective investment?
Very difficult to say what you can or can't do without knowing what budget
you've got and how big the kitchen is and how long you are going to be using
the kitchen for (ie are you just popping a kitchen in to sell the house?)
You really need to decided what budget you are working to.
Can you afford
* a FULL new kitchen with new white goods and new floor covering (tiles?)?
* a full new kitchen but keeping your existing white goods?
* only part of a kitchen and keeping all your white goods
* or can you just afford to replace the doors
* failing all else can you just afford to paint the kitchen and kitchen
cupboard doors to make it look clean and tidy?
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