Finding the best kitchen deal can be a balancing act. We want to ensure we get a high quality kitchen that’s going to last at the same time as sticking to a strict budget. How can we resolve these competing needs? Here are a few tips.
The price of your kitchen deal
If you’re looking for a low-cost kitchen deal, you might think you’ve struck gold. At any of the big chains, chances are you’ll be offered a 50% off deal. It seems too good to be true.
And that’s exactly what it is. Chains like Wickes, Magnet and Wren always offer big discounts, but it’s one of the oldest sales tricks tricks in the book. They artificially inflate their prices so they can then give 50% off. These large discounts are designed to mislead consumers into thinking they’re getting a bargain. This tactic, known as price anchoring, is also used by the sofa chains.
The best tip, when your looking for a kitchen deal, is look at the bottom line price, not the discount. That’s what really matters.
The quality of your kitchen deal
A cheap kitchen deal is great, but not when the quality’s cheap too. You may save money in the short-term, but you’ll be replacing it in a few years. A high-quality kitchen, on the other hand, is built to last. So what are the key things to look for?
If you’re considering buying a gloss kitchen, find out what type of gloss door is being used. A high-quality lacquered gloss door will still have that mirror-like finish years down the line. However, a low quality PVC, PET, foil or vinyl wrapped type door will peel.
Make sure the delicate front edges of the carcass have a tough PVC or ABS edging to prevent damage. The thin, iron-on melamine type will do little or nothing to protect the carcass from everyday chips & damage. And the units should have solid 18mm backs — thin hardboard backs will quickly start to bow.
Fitting your kitchen deal
Even if you find the perfect kitchen deal, who are you going to get to fit it? The big chains charge an arm and a leg, so for many the solution is to use a local builder. The problem is that a general builder isn’t a specialist kitchen fitter. You may get an adequate job for a much lower price, but the cost-cutting will show.
There’s an alternative, though. A high-quality kitchen from a good independent showroom costs about the same as a lower-quality one from the chains. Even better, they’ll fit it for little more than the builder would charge. You’ll get that professional look in half the time, and any problems will be sorted out before you notice. It’s the best of both worlds.
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