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The cost of an installation by a professional fitter varies massively and is dependent on:
Installations cover the full spectrum
Some projects may be more of a refresh for example, replacing a few units, new doors, installing an island unit, whilst others are full scale refurbishments which include installation design and planning and the co-ordination of many skilled tradesmen for example, plumbers, tillers, plasterers, joiners and decorators.
Most kitchen installations are refurbishment rather than refresh and include the gutting and disposing of an existing kitchen, the installation of new units and appliances, the fitting of flooring, tiling and lighting and then decorating.
Professional kitchen fitters specialise in the installation of kitchens and bring the equipment and experience necessary to get the best results possible. You can lower the kitchen fitting cost by trying to do some the work yourself but of course you risk damage due to faulty installation which may cost more to put right later on. If you are confident with electrics or a paintbrush then these maybe some of the areas you can save costs on. However, if your kitchen installation includes the setup of a gas cooker you should always look to employ the services of a gas registered fitter.
Using your kitchen supplier’s own installers should be beneficial in terms of cost as the supplier may charge you less as you have also purchased the kitchen from them. Certainly an opportunity for negotiation!
Generally you should request at least three quotes from different installers before you make up your mind who to use.
Providing a guide to the costs involved in fitting a kitchen is not easy as each job is unique. However, the table below should give you some indication in terms of fitting costs and installation charges.
The making good of any damaged plaster or flooring and costs relating to installation of under floor heating are not listed
|Cupboard unit & Carcase Installation Job||Average Cost in £'s|
|Cupboards & carcases fitting inc. trims||£40 per unit|
|Decor end panels||£25 each|
|Custom made cupboard carcase||£200 per unit|
|Custom made cupboard doors and fronts||from £70 per unit|
|Worktop & Counter Installation Job||Average Cost in £'s|
|Worktop installation charge per straight run||£25 per length|
|Worktop cut-outs for sinks and hobs etc.||£25 each|
|Worktop finished edges and end cuts inc. fitting of edging trim||£15 each|
|Worktop joins & hockey stick mitres||£50 each|
|Worktop supports and legs||£15 each|
|Plumbing Installation or Repair Job||Average Cost in £'s|
|Sinks fitted & plumbed in||£85 each|
|Free standing washing machines fitted & plumbed in||£50 each|
|Integrated washing machines fitted & plumbed in||£65 each|
|Gas appliance installation (CORGI)||£85 each|
|Water filters plumbed in||£40 each|
|Washing machine water supply points fitted||£40 per machine|
|New radiators fitted to exsiting supply||£40 per radiator|
|Radiators removed and caped off||£20 per radiator|
|Radiators moved||£50 per radiator|
|Water leaks and blockages||£25 per hour plus call-out charge|
|Call out charge||£40 per visit|
|Electrical Fixtures & Fittings Installation Job||Average Cost in £'s|
|Power points off existing ring main||£40 each|
|Replacement socket face plates||£10 each|
|New flush mount lighting||£25 each|
|Under wall unit strip lights||£30 each|
|Replacement light fittings||£15 each|
|Replacement extractor fans||£40 per unit|
|Part 'P' electrical certificate||£80 per certificate|
|Call out charge||£40 per visit|
|Wall & Floor Tile Installation||Average Cost in £'s|
|Standard wall and floor tile removal||£12 per square metre|
|Builders wall and floor tile removal||£25 per square metre|
|Standard wall and floor tiles||£30 per square metre|
|Mosaic and designer tiles||£40 per square metre|
|Porcelain wall and floor tiles||£44 per square metre|
|Wall and floor tile cuts||£25 per linear metre|
|Grouting wall and floor tiles||£12 per square metre|
|Re-grouting existing tiles||£30 per square metre|
|Kitchen Fixtures & Fitting Removal Jobs||Average Cost in £'s|
|Old units and appliances removed||£200|
|Rubble and rubbish disposal||£150 per ton|
* Prices correct at time of going to print (November 2013)