The average cost of a new kitchen in the UK is estimated to be between £5000 and £7000 all in. This can make a serious dent in your savings, but thankfully it’s possible to purchase and fit a new kitchen for much less than this if you’re willing to put a little extra work into it. Here are three simple tips which could save you thousands on your next kitchen renovation.
Shop around for the best deals
You might have been wandering around a showroom and immediately fell in love with a kitchen, but chances are a very similar design is on offer elsewhere at a better price. Shop around to find the best deals on cabinets, worktops and appliances which you love and don’t just buy the first ones you see.
You can even use kitchen comparison websites such as Kitchen Compare to directly compare the costs of kitchens from IKEA, B&Q, and other big-name brands. Another great tip for finding good deals on kitchens is to look for ex-display kitchens, which are units from showrooms sold at cut prices despite being in a basically as-new condition.
You can also shop around for tradesmen; always get a few companies to give you quotes for the work before choosing one on the basis of both price and general impressions.
Reuse parts of your old kitchen
It can be tempting when you’re renovating a part of your house to replace absolutely everything even if this isn’t necessary. If there are things about your current kitchen which you really like and they’re still in good condition, there’s no reason not to leave them in place. Flooring, tiling, appliances and units can all be kept in place while other parts of your kitchen are swapped out. It’ll still feel like a ‘new’ kitchen but it’ll cost you much less money and it means you don’t have to say goodbye to your favourite parts of your current kitchen, either.
Install your own appliances
It might sound a little terrifying if you’ve never done it before, but installing your own kitchen appliances can shave a good chunk off your final bill and it’s not difficult to do, particularly with the amount of extra help available on the internet these days.
For example, if you’re unsure how to install a washing machine, it’s easy to find step-by-step instructions online. Be sure to take it slow and give yourself plenty of time. Also, be very careful with heavy lifting, as washing machines take 2 or more people to move them. Maybe ask a friend, neighbour or family member to assist you with any moving of heavy items.