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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home, and for good reason. As well as a place to cook, a kitchen is a place to learn, enjoy hobbies, spend time with family and entertain guests. The kitchen is also one of the most important things that people consider when buying or selling a property, and a poorly fitted or filthy kitchen can easy drive down a property’s value.

Because of this, fitting a kitchen is a job that deserves special consideration and plenty of forward planning. Naturally this leads to the all important question: ‘How much does it cost to fit a kitchen?’

If you look for an answer online, you will find plenty of supposed ‘averages’, but these should always be approached with caution. The simple fact is, no two jobs are the same and expecting to get a quote in line with an ‘average cost’ you saw on the internet will often lead to disappointment. 

Instead of over-relying on averages, it is much better to plan out exactly what kind of kitchen fitting you want and then estimate your potential costs based on the specifics. You might hear that a ‘small kitchen fitting’ costs just over £450, but what does this include? How many units? What types of units? What if you have bespoke units? These are the kind of questions that you should have an answer for before you start complaining to your Pro that their prices don’t match what you saw online!

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When looking for an average cost for your kitchen fitting job, the best answers will come from your potential hires. Collecting quotes from at least 3 different tradesmen/ companies should give you a good idea of the average while also helping you to spot unfairly high or suspiciously low prices. You should be especially careful of the latter: scrimping on costs for a kitchen is a false economy, and an inferior job could lower the value of your property!

In order to make sure that you get a top notch job done for a fair price, take your time in finding a recommended local kitchen fitter. A fitter with the right experience will be able to complete the fitting to a high standard and may even be able to suggest cheaper alternatives for your more expensive kitchen ideas. If you require bespoke units, it will be best to have these built and fitted by a professional carpenter/ joiner.

It will be important to have exactly the right tradesman for each and every job going towards your new kitchen. Any gas fittings should be done by a plumber or heating engineer listed on the Gas Safe Register, while items like dishwashers or washing machines should be added by a professional appliance installer or plumber. Similarly, you will get the best results for a kitchen tiling job from a professional tiler. If you are planning to completely redo the design of your kitchen, you may even want to consider talking with an interior designer.

Costs for fitted kitchens

When you look online for the ‘average cost for a fitted kitchen’, the results can vary wildly. The simple reason for this is that rooms , not to mention the fact that tradesmen charge different rates depending on where they are in the UK. 

If you already have a clear idea of what your fitted kitchen will consist of, the best thing that you can do now is to collect quotes from several local kitchen fitters in order to work out an average for yourself. However, if you do not yet know what kind of kitchen you want, then your first action should be to make a solid plan.

To give you an idea, most ‘average’ costs will contain prices for fitting kitchen units and worktops. At one end of the spectrum there is the inexpensive option of fitting cheap kitchen worktops and simply replacing the doors on your old units, which overall can cost around £250. At the other end, however, is a new fitted kitchen with entirely new units and worktops made from expensive materials, which is more likely to start at around £800.

The picture you should be getting by now is that ‘average’ prices only get you so far if you do not yet know what materials will go into your new fitted kitchen or what kind of fitting you actually want done! Instead of asking, ‘what is the price of fitting a kitchen’, you should be searching for the average costs for wood kitchen fittings, stone kitchen worktops fittings, kitchen unit door replacements, and so on.

Another issue that many people run into when trying to find an average cost to fit a kitchen is that national averages do not line up with the quotes that they get from local fitters. This is simply because all tradesmen charge local rates, which can vary widely compared to national averages.

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How much does it cost to fit a new kitchen?

So, how do you estimate the cost of fitting a new kitchen? Simply put in the work to find answers to these questions:

  • Do I want entirely new units, or will I just have the doors replaced?
  • What materials do I want for my kitchen units and worktops?
  • How large is my kitchen?
  • Will I need any bespoke work done?
  • Should the fitting job include certain appliances?

Once you have these questions answered, you can find the average cost to fit a kitchen in your area by seeking quotes from local kitchen fitters.

Creating a new kitchen

A trap that many people often fall into when trying to predict the average cost to fit a kitchen is that they forget about what exactly a kitchen is made up of and how it is used. 

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms for determining the value of a property. The best way to benefit from this is to picture your kitchen as the sum of different parts working together and complementing one another. 

In other words, when you are deciding on what you want for your kitchen fitting project, you should not just be thinking about cost:

  • Will the fittings match the walls and floor? If they do not, you could end up spoiling the decor and ambiance of the room, which could put buyers off.
  • How long does this kitchen need to last? If you are planning to stay in your property for several years, it can be worth investing in better quality options. It also means that you can opt for material and decor options that appeal to you, rather than potential buyers.
  • Will the kitchen have everything it needs? If you could use a new dishwasher, washing machine or anything else, will your fittings leave room for it?

To get the very best out of a new kitchen fitting project, you should take the time to consider these things carefully. If you have the budget in place, you may want to consider a kitchen design or remodelling project rather than a simple kitchen fitting.