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Questionwhere is the best place to get kitchens from
i am buying a property which needs a new kitchen i would like to know where the best place would be to buy a kitchen for a reasonable price to have fitted by a tradesman. or would it be better to have a tradesman supply and fit?
All kitchens are basically a rip off, a few grands worth of chipboard. Magnets have the best kitchens off the shelf probably, fitted 100's. Howdens have fairly good units but can be expensive with worktops, and accesories. Wickes aren't great, crap units made out of poor quality chipboard, worktops are probably the worst quality soft chipboard. B and Q units are ok 18mm chipboard, worktops aren't even moisture resistant chipboard. To be honest, you're probably best off having your kitchen supplied and fitted by a small local kitchen fitter (someone that just fits kitchens) they usually get the best prices on kitchens because they buy the most, and know which companies do the better deals on which parts. Most parts Units/Worktops you can always find cheaper online, especially higher end ranges, solid timber worktops etc. Or order direct from the manufacturer rather than through a middle man DIY retailer or Builders Merchant/ Howdens etc.
Hope this helps
Rebel Carpenter 27th Sep, 2011
everyones saying howdens joinery but you need to be a trademan to buy anyone of theres units / general public cant do this so make sure you take a tradeperson with you thx n.england joinery
N England Joinery 12th Oct, 2011
Howdens is best for you as the carcasses come ready assembled which should mean cheaper labour cost compared to a flat packed B & Q kitchen
Walters Building Services 27th Sep, 2011
howdens, magnet are both good quality.Howdens kitchens are ex stock meaning that there is no waiting time for them which is handy.
Ikea are cheap rubbish in my experience that often arrive with bits missing. I have now given up on ikea kitchens and steer customers away from them.
creative carpentry & improvements 29th Nov, 2011
I agree, we buy from Howdens as their units are better quality.
If you buy from DIY stores you will get a DIY finish
DC Plumbing and Heating 27th Sep, 2011
We use howdens a lot and have a great relationship with them. If its quality your looking for its a two horse race between them and magnet.
Paragon Property Care Ltd 28th Sep, 2011
Howdens , magnet or benchmark (good solid back on these units)
MY Build 27th Sep, 2011
Hi having fitted many kitchens.. its best to compare quotes eg B&Q Wickes Builders Merchants etc. Take advantage of free plans which often include expensive extras which will be listed on the quote so... study the plan and remove any items that you think are not important, reprint the new plan.
Although I agree with comment that ready built units save on fitting, its not highly skilled work for two people to assemble units and save money.
Dont forget power points, plumbing and gas supply before new kitchen is fitted.
I personally like to supply and fit because if things are not organized it holds up work, but if client has everything ready then labour only price is fine.
Best wishes Tim
ALM property services 27th Sep, 2011
magnets and howdens are ok and very similar prices as they tend to price match each other.ikea is often overlooked but ive found that their kitchens are great value for money.
Roc builders 27th Sep, 2011
Howdens or Magnets for a reasonable priced kitchen, but sometimes its worth while having someone quote for supply and fit of kitchen as any problems with the kitchen such as bits missing or not right is down to the fitter to sort and not yourself and you might be supriced it could be cheaper.
Onspec Limited 28th Sep, 2011