WHAT’S WORTH DIY-ING?
When getting quotes, ask for a breakdown – if you’re a confident DIYER then ripping out the old kitchen might be an area you can save money on. Just factor in the trips to the tip or the hire of a skip if needed, and what will need ‘making good’ before your kitchen fitters arrive. If you plan to fit your new kitchen yourself, you’ll need to be confident in your skills (and anything electrical or gasrelated will need to be fitted by qualified trades). Remember, fitters do this every day, so can deal with any problems that crop up. You may want to design your new kitchen plan and take it to the showrooms for quotes. Listen to what each has to offer; they may suggest a design solution or a cost saving you hadn’t thought of.
Marletti Anthracite Gloss kitchen with integrated handles, from £1,091 (based on eight units), B&Q