A new kitchen can make a huge difference to a home. It’s one of the most used rooms in a normal house, and for that reason, it can quickly become tired thanks to lots of wear and tear. It’s also the room that most people would change if they had the money to.
Of course, if you’re moving to a new house or building a house, then a new kitchen can make you feel at home right away. The main reason why people are held back from investing money in a new kitchen is simply because of the cost.
Fortunately, there are kitchens to suit everyone’s budget. Informing yourself about the costs that you might encounter can allow you to budget appropriately and get a quality kitchen that you’ll fall in love with. Let’s have a look at all the important costs that you may encounter.
What to Do Before Purchasing a New Kitchen
The most important thing to do before purchasing a new kitchen is exactly what you’re doing at this moment. Researching. This is the best way to keep costs down. Some people like the idea of simply going to a kitchen warehouse, browsing, and picking out a kitchen that takes their fancy.
But if you do this, then it’s likely that you’ll pay over the odds for the kitchen. Ideally, you want to spend some time online, finding the right kitchen fitter, and the best value-for-money units, worktops, and appliances.
You don’t want any regrets, so don’t hurry into a kitchen purchase. Continue to do what you’re doing at the moment and read about your options before you spend any money. It could save you in the long-run.
The Installation Cost of a New Kitchen
The first thing to consider is the installation cost. Many companies will not include this cost in the price of the kitchen, so when you’re looking at kitchen prices, check if the installation is included or not. Kitchen installation requires tradespeople that are trained in various areas. But just how much experience they need will depend on the type of kitchen you’re getting fitted.
For example, if you’re just switching your worktops, kitchen units, and you’re putting a new sink in, then you won’t need to spend too much money on finding a tradesperson who’s skilled in a variety of tasks.
But if you’re transforming your kitchen, painting the walls, installing a new floor, and moving the sink, you could need a tradesperson that’s comfortable with plumbing, decorating, and can work with electricity.
Of course, someone with these varied skills will cost you a lot more than a simple kitchen fitter might. You could also employ different tradespeople to do different jobs, but this will add to the cost rather than reduce it.
It’s best to get someone who can do everything at once. Although, if you need extensive rewiring doing, then it’s worthwhile to spend extra to get a qualified electrician to do this.
Another kitchen installation element that may add to the price is if your old kitchen needs to be ripped out. The old kitchen then needs to be disposed of. You’ve got a few different options for dealing with this.
Either you can take it to the tip – you can hire a skip. Or you can hire a tradesperson who has the correct license for taking it to the tip for you. Whatever option you choose, this will be another expense. Added to this, the labourers may need to do some other preparatory work before they can begin to fit your kitchen.
It’s difficult to determine an average cost for getting a fitted kitchen installed by tradespeople, as it will depend on the job and how many tradespeople you’ll need, as well as how much time they’ll need to do it.
The cheapest that you can get the work done is for approximately £1,200. But this is the bottom end, where a small kitchen is fitted in a short amount of time, without redecorating or having a new floor put in, etc.
You can likely expect to pay somewhere closer to £5,000 to £6,000 for an average kitchen fitting. If you’ve got a very large kitchen and need a lot of time-consuming work done (such as painting, rewiring, and having a new floor put in), then there is no limit as to how much you could pay. You could get all this done for between £10,000 and £12,000.
The Cost of Kitchen Units
Kitchen costs are always slightly difficult to put average numbers on, as it will depend on the size of the kitchen and the quality of the units that you choose to buy. The materials that the units are built from, and the finish, will define the price that you pay.
Let’s say you want mid-range units for your kitchen. Then you might only need to buy eight of them. This would offer you approximately 10 sqm of storage space. That’s plenty for a little galley kitchen. You could get these units for about £1,000.
But this amount of storage space just won’t be enough for lots of people. A larger kitchen will require more storage space. Approximately 20 units can provide 30 sqm of storage. This will always vary depending on the type of units that you buy. But 20 units will likely cost £7,000.
The Cost of Kitchen Worktops
New kitchens are comprised of more than just units. You need to get some worktops, too. Once again, there are lots of options when it comes to worktops, and the material and finish that you choose will alter the price tag. When it comes to worktops, you can get everything from MDF to granite, marble, or quartz.
If you’re looking to spend less, then a low price kitchen worktop will set you back about £500. If you go for quartz, then you can expect to pay at least double, if not quadruple the price. Keep in mind that the price will go up, depending on how many worktops you put in your kitchen. This is as well as how big they are.
The Price of Kitchen Appliances
If you’re getting a kitchen put in, there’s a chance that you can still use some of your old appliances, but most people want to upgrade or replace their appliances when they get a kitchen fitted. Appliances cost money, of course, and if you want state-of-the-art appliances, then you’re going to have to be willing to pay the price for them.
A quality fridge freezer that’s got an ice dispenser, and is designed to be economical when it comes to energy, can be bought for more than £1,000. Perhaps you don’t need a fridge freezer but just a small, under-the-counter fridge. If so, then you can find one for £150. With all appliances, you’ll see this huge variation in cost.
Other appliances that you may need to replace are the stove, oven, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, and anything else that you tend to use in your kitchen. Most people won’t completely start anew, but if you’re planning to, you’ll have to budget for all the appliances you need, as it can add up very quickly.
Many people forget to factor in the cost of appliances when getting a kitchen installed in their homes. Research is the best way to ensure that you don’t overspend on appliances. You should also carefully note the sizes of appliances.
You don’t want to buy a 6ft fridge that will dwarf everything inside your kitchen. Nor do you want to get a little fridge if you’ve got a huge kitchen. New appliances need to be carefully selected so that they can fit in with your kitchen and don’t break the bank.
Other New Kitchen Costs
People often take the opportunity to do some redecorating when they get a kitchen installed. That means more costs, though. Walls have to be painted. Different flooring has to be chosen, bought, and then fitted. Curtains and blinds might need to be replaced. And on top of these costs, there are also things like chairs and tables to replace.
You may even want to replace your bin. A high-end metallic bin can be priced over £100. All these purchases add up. Plan in advance exactly what it is you want to get. It could save you from being hit with a huge bill at the end of the process.
How Long Does a Kitchen Installation Take?
Just as the average cost of getting a kitchen installed varies, so does the amount of time it will take. The length of time will firstly depend on if the old kitchen needs to be torn out and disposed of, as well as how much preparation time the tradespeople need before they start fitting the kitchen.
If you’re getting painting done, as well as a different flooring put in, then this will all take more time too. Then there might be tiling to be done, some plastering, and even plumbing or electrical work. Your units won’t come fully assembled either, so the tradespeople need to put them together.
If you’re getting a small kitchen installed, then experienced tradespeople can likely get the work done in approximately five days. But if you’re getting a larger kitchen fitted, then the tradespeople will need double that time – maybe even more if you’re getting extensive redecorating done.
If you’re hiring multiple tradespeople, then you need to consider how you’ll manage to get them to work at the same time, as often electricians and plumbers only have limited availability. Some planning will be needed.
Ways to Save Money When Buying a New Kitchen
There are some simple things that you can do that could save money in the long-run. First, you should always spend time researching on the internet. There are many price comparison websites that you can use, and this will be especially handy when looking for appliances.
You can also use these websites when looking for tradespeople. You can get quotes from many different kitchen fitters so that you’ll spend less money on quality work. Actually, you can also save a lot of money if you use a tradesperson that’s local to you.
They’ll have a good relationship with hardware shops and places where units and worktops are sold. They might be able to find you some bargains. Don’t settle for the first fitter you come across. Call out a few for a chat.
See what their plans are. And if you’re able to get references or some photos of previous work, then that can help to ensure you’re not dealing with a cowboy. The last thing you want is for someone to do a substandard job that will require another tradesperson coming in to fix.
Areas You Shouldn’t Cut Costs On
We all want to spend less, especially when we have to shell out a lot for something like a kitchen. But there are some parts of the kitchen installation which you should try to pinch pennies on. The most important of these is electrical wiring..
You don’t want a bad job being done with anything electrical. This is mainly because it can lead to dire consequences. If you have to get an electrician in to do the job, then pay the price. It’s worth it, even if just for your peace of mind. You’d never live with yourself if something happened to your home, or the people in your home because you paid less for an unprofessional or unqualified electrician.
Plumbing is another area where expertise is worth the money. You don’t want any leaks. Nor do you want to have minimal pressure from your taps, for example, or other problems that arise from having low-quality plumbing done in your home.
There are lots of good kitchen fitters who will be trained as plumbers, so it’s likely you won’t need to get a separate plumber in. But it could be a good job to do so if you’re willing to spend extra.
That’s it. To get a kitchen installed, then you have to consider the cost of labour, the cost of units and worktops, as well as appliances and furniture. You may also have to add in flooring, paint, and the cost of getting an electrician to do some rewiring.
It’s wise to spend a lot of time researching and planning before you make your decision to make sure that you don’t overspend. Comparing prices of tradespeople, as well as everything that will go inside the kitchen, can save you some money in the long-run.
You should take your time during this process. Then you can frugally get your dream kitchen. Always remember that it’s a big job, and workers will need access to your home for at least five days, but more likely longer than that. Try to plan it at a time when you won’t be at home.