There are many options available when it comes to installation, with pros and cons associated with each.
Careful consideration should be made to whichever option you choose, because the consequences of things going wrong can be horrendous.
- Use the retailer’s own or recommended installation service?
- Find an installer yourself?
- Employ a friend or member of the family?
- Install it yourself?
The installation of fitted kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms is a specialist job and should only be undertaken by those with the right experience and credentials to do so. Spending thousands on product, then cutting corners to save installation cost should not be an option.
Consider the following
- Obtain at least three itemised quotes for your installation
- Ensure a pre-installation survey is carried out
- Request a schedule of work to include start dates and estimated duration
- Agree a price and associated payment terms
- Make sure you know what is included and importantly, what’s not
- Ask for membership details to trade organisations
- Ask for details of previous work
- Consider personalities – Do you think you could work with this person?
- Agree parking arrangements and any toll or congestion charging
- Agree working hours
Ask important questions
- Who will physically undertake the installation?
- What experience do they have?
- Who will undertake the electrical and gas work?
- Who are they registered with for gas and electric - ask to see certificates
Don’t be led by price alone, because unlike some products, service isn’t always like-for-like and the cliché ‘you get what you pay for’ is quite relevant when it comes to installation.
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