What To Expect When Getting A New Kitchen Quote
Updated: Oct 14, 2019
Firstly, kitchen installations are best to be conducted by the company designing and manufacturing the kitchen.
Shop around. Make calls. Leave requests for quotes through their websites.
Getting a reasonably priced quote is one thing, getting it done well and when they say they are going to do it... is a different matter.
The first thing to happen will usually be that the kitchen companies will want to come out to do an initial site measure. This will be what’s needed to give you the quote. You can also use this meeting to discuss the materials, hardware and expectations around how long it will take and their availability to install etc.
You should receive a quote within 3-5 working days unless they state differently due to existing workload or commitments.
Bench tops made from stone or granite will usually be installed 2 weeks after the cabinets have been installed. These are usually 4 to 5 times more expensive than Formica (Laminate) bench tops.
What about my budget? Our response to this is always the same.
Your quote is usually made up of:
The size of the kitchen with the materials needed based on your request
The hardware used and the quality of that hardware
Additional appliances (If the company is sorting that for you but best to source your own)
The cost/rate of the labour and install.
Regardless of your budget, these factors will make up your quote. The only 'real' way to reduce the cost is to be flexible on the quality of the materials used. Most established companies will usually come in at approx. 10% of each other in terms of price.
What most of us believe is that it should take 1-2 days to install a medium sized kitchen and you would be right, but what we don’t realize is that the kitchen is pre-built in the cabinetry workshop in advance.
It’s then broken down into sections and then delivered to make the install achievable in that 1-2 day time frame we expect.
The pre-build in the workshop can take 1-2 days for a medium sized kitchen.
It has become more common to pick up a cheap pre-built set of cabinets and get a ‘guy’ (independent installer) to come and do the install. This is a viable option if the installer knows what he/she is doing. Just make sure the ‘guy’ has the correct level of insurance in place for being in your home. If the installer drops something on your beautiful hard wood or tiled floor and isn’t covered, you’ll end up footing the bill.
The draw backs however, are that the chain of accountability gets broken with this cheaper option therefore if or when issues arise, no party will be willing to take the blame or accept accountability and you will be left with some hefty repair costs and frustrations with what seemed like a good money saving idea at the time.
If you’re planning on getting a new kitchen installed, do your research. Your kitchen is an asset and the quality will last.