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When it comes to installing your kitchen, nearly six in 10 members we surveyed had their kitchens installed by the same company they bought from, or used the company’s recommended installer.
Around a quarter of members we asked found their own installer, while 13% opted to install their kitchen themselves, or found a friend/family member to do so.
Of those who paid a company to install their kitchen, most (55%) had to wait between one and three months for their kitchens to be fully installed. Nine in 10 thought the time taken was reasonable.
Common installation problems
Around two fifths of members experienced problems with their kitchen installation. The most common problems are:
• installation took longer than planned 16%
• wrong parts/units delivered 13%
• problems with sink/taps 9%
• installation was delayed 6%
• units didn't fit as well as they should 5%
Our kitchen installation checklist below will help you avoid the common pitfalls.
Take the hassle out of your new kitchen experience with our top tips on everything from initial planning to finding a good kitchen fitter, and ensure that the process goes smoothly.
- Before committing to any company get three quotes, and if you're not happy with these, get some more quotes.
- If the company you bought from is installing as well, find out who’ll be fitting it, as many companies sub-contract to third parties. Find out who to contact if any problems or delays arise.
- Which? Local. If you're choosing a kitchen fitter yourself, use recommendations from previous customers. Which? Local has hundreds of recommendations for kitchen fitters and designers throughout the UK – search for fitters in your local area using
- Check which services your kitchen fitter will provide, for example plumbing, gas, and electrical work, and whether there will be additional costs for this.
- Ask your kitchen fitter if they can provide you with a work schedule so you know what is happening on a day-to-day basis, and which trades or deliveries to expect and when.
- Find out where the installer plans to cut their materials – will they need to use space in your home, garden or garage?
- Find out if you will lose the use of your kitchen sink during the installation – how long will this be for, and will you have access to a temporary sink?