This article is produced to help those who may not be aware of the sequence of events that need to happen when installing a new kitchen. The old adage of “buyer beware” applies but, sometime many customers don’t know what to be aware of.
Timeline is not associated with days or months because it depends on the specific project. However, here has provided an overview of the sequence of events that should happen along the project journey. Hopefully this part will help.
1. Decide you are actually going to do the project .
2. Shop for styles of kitchens that best suit your ideas .
3. Obtain 3 designs and quotations from people or companies you found were attentive to your needs and wants and didn’t want to just sell you their product.
4. Agree who is to install your kitchen; assess the competences and qualifications required for any electrical, plumbing and gas work to be completed.
5. Order all kitchen cabinets and appliances; know which product has the longest delivery lead-time; add 2 weeks for any slip-ups in delivery; book the installer to start work after the latest agreed delivery date.
6. A few weeks before delivery, check with suppliers that they are still on their agreed target date; also check with the installer that they have still got you booked in; ask the installer if there is likely to be anything that will take them away from your kitchen installation before it is completed; if so, what is it and agree a course of action that creates the least, or no amount of disruption to your kitchen installation.
7. Accept product delivery; check items or have someone check them with you; ensure product codes are the same as ordered; check for obviously damaged packaging and ask for replacements before opening. All this should preferably
be done with the delivery driver however, not all companies are set up for this. Talk to the supply company, or companies beforehand to agree the correct course of action to take if their delivery goes wrong in any way.
8. When all products are delivered and stored, contact the installer to confirm product is now in place; check and confirm final installation start date and time.
9. Clear your existing kitchen cabinets of their contents making daily required items and food readily available in another room; understand how long that water, electricity, and gas will be turned off during the installation. Prepare to eat out for a few days!
10. After the old kitchen has been ripped out there may be some problems that become apparent that no-one could foresee, such as damp caused by an old pipe leak. Be prepared (mentally) for these problems to occur – especially if the house is more than 20 years old. Discuss them fully with the installer and agree the remedy and any associated cost – before the work is completed. The more you communicate with your installer, the better your relationship will be to agree such matters.
11. When the installation is complete make sure you go over everything with your installer. Ensure any new appliances work correctly – especially gas appliances. Also, agree a date in the future by two or three weeks when the installer can return, if required, to complete any snagging that may be required. Snagging is putting right any “settlement” issues that may occur over a short period of time. These can be cabinet doors to be re -aligned, new plaster cracks, separation cracks that appear between two different materials such as wood and tiles.
12. Finally, tell your friends and neighbours if you have had a good job done and tell them if you haven’t. There are other people out there who would welcome first hand knowledge of good and bad suppliers and installers.