Choosing the right kitchen fitter is just as important as picking the perfect kitchen worktops to suit your home. If you’d like to know how to find a kitchen fitter to install your new worktops, we’ve put together this information guide to help provide some useful tips on finding the right fitter.
As we don’t provide a worktop installation service, you may choose to install the worktops yourself with a little help from our bespoke cutting service and installation guides. We can customise any wood or laminate worktops prior to delivery with a variety of amendments such as cutting to size, cutting sink or oven hob apertures, and much more besides. If you are ordering wooden worktops, you can design, price and order worktops using our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool.
Skill and Qualifications
Any kitchen fitter worth their salt should be capable of fitting either wooden or laminate worktops. If you are choosing Earthstone worktops, then it is important to check whether they have had any previous experience with fitting an acrylic solid surface.
If you will need appliances installed, sinks plumbed in or hobs connected, it is important to verify whether the fitter has the qualifications necessary to safely install any of these items. To install electrical items, it is recommended to use a qualified electrician who is ‘Part P’ registered. For fitting of gas appliances, they should be ‘Gas Safe’ registered. Fitters who do not hold these qualifications risk invalidating your house insurance if their error leads to an incident.
You can check that your fitter is registered to install gas appliances by visiting www.gassaferegister.co.uk.
Experience Working with Timber
If you have chosen solid wood worktops for your new kitchen, it is important to find a kitchen fitter who has experience fitting real wood surfaces. They should be aware of the correct practices for working with timber and how to correctly treat it after installation.
If there is any doubt, we have a vast range of information guides available on our website that can help you and your fitter to avoid any costly damage:
- Installing Our Wooden Worksurfaces
- Using Our Installation Kit
- How to Treat Real Wood Worktop Surfaces;
Recommendations from Friends and Family
Sometimes the best recommendations come from those you know well enough to rely on for honesty: your friends and family. If any of your friends or relatives have recently had a kitchen worktop installed, do not hesitate to ask for their opinion, as they should be relied upon to provide a truthful independent recommendation on an appropriate fitter.
Independent Review Sites
If you have found a company that sounds like a suitable choice for fitting your new worktops and other kitchen components, be sure to check whether they have been reviewed on independent websites such as Trustpilot and Yell. These websites are independent and should be able to provide a reliable picture of the company’s previous work.
Do note that it is more common for customers who have had a negative experience to post a review than the happy customers. Any responsible company who has received a negative review should have replied to try and resolve any issues.
Agreeing a Price
Before agreeing to use a particular fitter, be sure to find out how they charge for the work carried out. Do they work on a daily rate or a flat fee? In certain instances, fitters who accept a fixed payment may have more incentive to work quickly. This does not necessarily mean that a kitchen fitter who works for a daily rate will waste time, but the ability to give you an estimate of how long the installation will take is the sign of an experienced fitter. If you find a kitchen fitter who charges a daily fee, there is always the possibility of the job taking longer than expected, so factor this into your budget before you commit.
If your fitter has inadequate knowledge to correctly install the worktop, or they use the wrong tools or parts, this can cause expensive damage. Because of this it is worthwhile investing time to find the best fitter to suit your job.
You can tell a great deal about your potential kitchen fitter by their attitude. Good fitters will listen attentively to your needs and make an effort understand your requirements, rather than rushing to get you off the phone! Any fitter who takes time to listen to you is more likely to take real pride in their work.
If you have read our information guides and need any further assistance with choosing the right kitchen worktop, do not hesitate to contact us before placing your order. You can see plenty of instances of worktops installed in customers’ homes by visiting our Customer Kitchen Worktop Gallery.