There are lots of kitchen fitting companies you could choose, but how do you know which ones you can trust to do a good job and give you the very best value for your money? It’s understandable to be nervous when choosing a kitchen fitter, or any tradesman, as you hear so many stories about ‘cowboys’. It can be even more nerve-wracking when it’s your very first time getting a new kitchen installed, so how do you find a trustworthy fitter?
Here is a quick checklist of things to look out for…
Reputable fitters will be registered with official organisations and regulating bodies. These organisations set the standard in quality, and they won’t accept a company that doesn’t meet its rigorous expectations. Look for certification or accreditation on the company’s website, or ask them about it.
A&J Kitchens, for example, is a member of not one but three official organisations – the Guild of Master Craftsmen, the Good Trader Scheme and the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI). Kitchen fitters like A&J go to the effort of seeking out and registering with these organisations because they want their customers to have the peace of mind that they will get quality work for their money.
Awards from credible, reputable organisations is another sign of a top quality kitchen fitter. Look for more recent awards (as standards may have slipped since an award in 2003, for example). A&J Kitchens have won awards from Wigan Council two years in a row in 2014 and 2015, the first a Certificate of Excellence and the second a Good Trader of the Year (Highly Commended) award.
A fitter may be acclaimed and certified by official trade organisations, but what its real-life customers think about it is just as important. To find a trusted trader, look for customer reviews, but be careful where you look. The best place to start is on the website of an accredited body – for example, A&J Kitchens has many excellent reviews from customers on the Good Trader Scheme and Guild of Master Craftsmen websites. However, you can also look at other independent review sources, such as yell.com and even on Facebook.
If you happen to know someone who has just had a kitchen fitted and they’re delighted with the work, ask them to recommend their fitter. Word of mouth recommendations are an excellent way to find a trusted trader, but they are a bit harder to come by.
A&J Kitchens are an award-winning, fully accredited team of kitchen fitters with years of experience working on all kinds of kitchen projects – get in touch to start making your dream kitchen a reality.