Nov 13, 2018
Replacing a worktop can truly transform your kitchen, so it is important that the job is done right. In this blog post we give you some advice on how to find a kitchen worktop fitter that works for you. The main points to consider are:
Experience, Recommendations and Accreditations.
There are many different tradespeople available who will be willing to carry out your work, with options ranging from large firms to independent fitters. When approaching a fitter – whether independent or employed by a larger company – it is a good idea ask if they have done similar work previously. This will let you know if they have experience working with specific materials – asking to see their portfolio along with their references is also recommended. Looking for honest feedback from homeowners using websites like checkatrade.com and ratedpeople.com can be a good way to find impartial reviews. It is also worth finding out if they belong to trade associations such as the Guild of Master Craftsmen or the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA).
We advise meeting at least three tradespeople to get like-for-like quotes. Ask if the quotes include materials, labour, subcontracting, VAT and removal of any old worktops, so you know that the price for the work includes what you need. Make sure that you get the quote from the person who has seen the job in person. Be cautious of any quote that seems very low as this could imply extra costs at a later date.
Once a price has been agreed, you should receive a quotation followed by a written contract. This contract will include a payment plan which ensures that there are no miscommunications. For expensive jobs, the total value is not often expected to be paid up front – instead, a small deposit will be required with subsequent payments required through the fit. Sometimes a tradesperson may request money to cover the costs of materials, especially if it is a small or independent worker. This is important if your fitter is buying the worktop for you. Always ask which method of payment they prefer.
On hiring a tradesperson, ask if they are happy to return to fix any problems that might have happened after the completion of the work. This arrangement might be in the contract or it could be an oral agreement. Either way, it is a good idea to check to see a guarantee is offered on the work being done.
If you follow this advice you will be able to find a kitchen worktop fitter that is not only suitable for the work you require but also that you are happy and comfortable with. Do you have some priceless advice of your own? Share your hints and tips in the comment below.