The kitchen is often regarded the heart of a house. It is where we cook, eat and socialise, so an aesthetically pleasing kitchen can make a big difference to our comfort at home. On top of this, a new kitchen fitting can also be a great way to add value to a property, typically increasing it by around 6%. It therefore comes as little surprise that the National Association for Estate Agents advises that, if you can only afford to renovate one room in a home, opt for the kitchen.

However, kitchen renovations aren’t always a straightforward process. Attention to detail at every stage can make a big difference to the final result. Whether it’s simply swapping out a few cabinets or a big renovation project, it’s always important to ensure you find the most suitable tradesman for the job. Luckily, Hoppy is here to help.

Considerations when hiring kitchen fitters

Which tradesperson is best suited will depend on the type of job. Builders and handymen will be able to assist in installing general kitchen fittings, whereas dedicated kitchen design and installation services will be preferable for more extensive projects. Additionally, any electrical work will need to be conducted by a qualified electrician who is either registered with a competent person scheme and can self-certify or one that has been approved by your local authority Building Control department. If any gas work is necessary, such as fitting a cooker for example, then a Gas Safe Registered tradesman will be required too.

When hiring a tradesperson, it’s always a good idea to choose one who has carried out work on similar projects before. Request to see their portfolio to check whether they are a good fit for you. It’s also advisable to ask to be put in touch with previous clients in order to get first-hand testimonials on the quality of their workmanship and professionalism before you agree to hire them.

While experience is the most important consideration, membership of certain trade associations can be a fantastic seal of approval, ensuring a tradesperson meets a certain standard, abides by a code of conduct and carries the appropriate insurance cover. Trade bodies a builder may be signed up to include the Federation of Master Builders, the Guild of Master Craftsmen and the Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom Association (KBSA). Remember that membership of these trade organisation is not mandatory, so just because a builder is not signed up to them, this doesn’t mean they're not right for the job.

It can also be worth asking the fitter who will be supplying the kitchen fittings and fixtures. In some cases, a builder will be able to negotiate trade prices with manufacturers, helping to keep the project costs down. This also has the added benefit of ensuring that all purchases are of a good standard and meet the proper measurements. When opting to supply your own kitchen though, ensure that everything is delivered in time for work to begin, avoiding delays.

Finally, as kitchen installations can often be a lengthy process, it is important to make plans to ensure you can access necessary cooking facilities. This may mean relying on simple microwavable meals for a while or asking a neighbour if you can make use of their kitchen space while building work is underway.

Find kitchen fitters near me with Hoppy

Here at Hoppy, we make finding local kitchen fitters quick and simple. We work in partnership with Plentific, so you can find local tradesperson services you can really trust. You don’t have to negotiate quotes, thanks to our competitive hourly rates, and you don’t have to worry about reliability, as we only ever advertise jobs from Verified Plentific Pros. This means they have undergone a rigorous screening process to ensure they meet the highest of standards. And if they are unable to complete the project for any reason, the Plentific Guarantee means we will arrange for another pro to finish the job for you.

So, find experienced kitchen fitters near you in just a few clicks and make your home a Hoppy place to be today.

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