Kitchens are used on a daily basis, so can age faster than other parts of the home. Updating a kitchen can be a large expense, but exactly how much will a new kitchen cost to install, and how can you get a cheaper deal?
A modern and practical new kitchen can drastically improve your home and add value, but how much will a new kitchen cost to install? There are a lot of options when choosing kitchen fitters, colours, materials and fitted accessories, but we are here to help explain everything you need to know.
In this guide, we will help you understand the average cost of a new kitchen, how to find reliable fitters and tips to save you money.
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Cost of Fitted Kitchen Installation
The average cost of installing a new kitchen normally ranges from £4,000 to £8,000. This price range includes a dry fit installation, but if electrics and plumbing are required, the installation prices will be higher. If you are considering a DIY fitted kitchen, prices start from as little as £950.
There are a number of factors that can effect new kitchen installation costs in your home. Below are some of the main pricing components:
Size of Kitchen: As you might assume, larger kitchens will cost more than a smaller installation. This is mainly due to larger kitchens requiring more materials (doors, cupboards, worktops, etc.) and the longer installation time.
Materials Used: When installing a new kitchen there is a lot of choice. From choosing between laminate or granite worktops to the fitted appliances, the materials used can drastically change your new kitchen cost.
Type of Installation: The two main types of installation are a full installation and a dry installation (which excludes electrics and plumbing). Dry installations are the cheapest option.
Removal of Old Kitchen: If you are having your old kitchen removed and disposed of by your installers, this will increase the costs. If you are on a tight budget, you can hire a skip and do the removal work yourself.
Location in the UK: As with most home improvements, new kitchen costs are typically highest in London and the South East. Areas without local installers will also have increased prices.
Below is an overview of how much a new fitted kitchen costs to install, as well as other pricing factors. Whilst these estimates will provide a guide to new kitchen prices, the actual costs may differ based on the factors mentioned above.
As well as the kitchen itself, it is important to consider other related costs, such as plastering, tiling and floors. The prices listed above include the removal and installation of a new fitted kitchen, but do not account for the cost of related home improvements.
Below is an overview of the other kitchen installation services and the related costs.
If you are remodelling your entire home, you may want to re-plaster your kitchen as part of your new kitchen fitting. For an average sized kitchen, re-plastering will cost between £350 to £500.
Tiles are a popular alternative to a solid kitchen splashback. They are easy to clean and are available in a wide range of colours and designs. On average, the cost to tile a splashback will range from £180 to £250.
There are a number of different kitchen floors available, including wood, tiles and lino. Vinyl or laminate flooring is the cheapest option, and is an easy DIY project. Vinyl kitchen floors are the best option if you want to keep your new kitchen cost to a minimum, and they also look a lot better nowadays compared to the plastic looking floors of the past.
Modern tiles are often the most popular choice for kitchen floors, as they are waterproof and very durable. Wood will provide a warm and unique finish to your kitchen, but it will require ongoing maintenance.
Kitchen Installation Budget
It is always a good idea to have a budget in mind when planning any home improvement ideas, especially if you are borrowing to pay for the work. Working around a budget will ensure that you choose the right kitchen for your home, and you can dismiss any upgrades that you don’t necessarily need and may regret purchasing.
Most kitchen fitters will be able to design a great fitted kitchen around your budget, so it is helpful to know how much you can afford. The budget doesn’t have to be 100% accurate, and you can always discuss a budget during a consultation with an installer, where they will also measure up and design a kitchen for you.
Whilst the price difference between an electric and gas fitted kitchen won’t be sizeable, a gas kitchen will generally cost slightly more. This is because of the extra precautions required to install gas appliances, such as hobs or ovens. All gas installations must be carried out by a gas safe registered professional.
Appliances, Cupboards & Worktops
Appliances can quickly increase the cost of a new kitchen. Many kitchen fitters buy appliances at trade prices, so it is often cheaper to have these included as part of your installation. However, you may be able to find a heavily discounted oven or hob during a sale. If you want an extremely cheap new kitchen, take a look at clearance items.
Whilst cupboards my seem standard, there are a lot of options to consider. You need to choose between basic handles, deluxe handles or even handle-less doors. There are numerous other options to choose from, ranging from soft closing drawers to the numerous storage options available to help maximise your cupboard space.
Worktops are one of the most expensive aspects of a new kitchen. Opting for a basic laminate worktop is the cheapest option and ideal for those on a tight budget. Solid timber worktops are ideal for mid to high ranged kitchen budgets, and typically add £800 to the finished kitchen cost. The most expensive worktops are made from granite and quartz. These worktops are durable and look great, but can increase the total installation cost by more than £2,500.
A kitchen renovation can provide the perfect opportunity to update the wiring. The average cost of rewiring a kitchen will range from £300 to £900, depending on the size and number of outlets. As part of the rewiring, your kitchen may need a residual current device (RCD) installed if it does not already have one, which can increase the cost.
Removing your old installation is a great way to reduce your new kitchen cost. One of the most popular methods is to hire a skip, which will likely cost £100 to £150 depending on the size required and your location. Most fitted kitchens are easy to dismantle and only require basic tools, such as a screwdriver and hammer.
If your kitchen is in good condition, you may want to consider selling the cupboards and accessories. There is a growing demand for used and cheap kitchens in the UK. As well as making some extra money buy selling your cupboards and worktop, you may also be able to sell your electrical appliances, such as stove or oven.
Installing a new kitchen can be a great DIY project, and it will also save you a lot of cash. There are lots of kitchen companies that provide everything you need to carry out the installation.
DIY fitted kitchen prices start from as little as £1,000, but prices can quickly rise for larger kitchens and premium features (such as granite or solid timber worktops). Prices for appliances (such as dishwashers, ovens and hobs) can also vary greatly, but you can save on these by shopping during sales.
It is important to always ensure that any gas or electrical installations are carried out by a registered professional to ensure the work is safe and compliant (including Part P building regulations).
Kitchen Refurbishment Prices
A cheaper alternative to a new kitchen installation is a refurbishment. Rather than removing your current fitted kitchen, you can replace certain aspects to create a modern and practical finished kitchen.
You can either hire a professional to carry out the work or do it yourself. Kitchen refurbishment prices are far cheaper than a new kitchen as the disposal costs will be far lower and you don’t have to replace everything with new part (as you aren’t disposing of the entire kitchen you currently have).
A kitchen refurbishment can be as extensive or minor as you like. For example, you may simply want to update the handles on your cupboards to a more contemporary design or replace your fitted oven for a newer model. However, for more extensive kitchen refurbishments, the kitchen counter or cupboard doors may be replaced.
Cupboard doors can be replaced or painted to make them more modern. In most cases, the fitted cupboard can remain in place, as the door fittings and sizes are generally a standard size.
The cost of a kitchen refurbishment will be dependant on the work you have done and the materials chosen.
Price of Kitchen Refurbishments
Below we have put together a useful table of the common kitchen refurbishment prices. These prices are only averages, but for accurate pricing please use our kitchen pricing tool above.
We love helping UK consumers save more on their home improvements. To ensure you receive the cheapest supply and fit deals, we have put together some helpful tips and tricks.
Compare Install Prices
One of the best ways to ensure you are receiving a great value for money kitchen installation is by comparing prices. With our fitted kitchen price estimator, it only takes a moment to fill in your requirements and work out the best deal for you.
Combine Home Improvements
Many kitchen installation companies also provide other home improvement services, such as bathrooms. If you are considering updating your bathroom, you can save on the cost of the work by having the work carried out at the same time, as one larger project, rather than multiple smaller projects.
Look for Sales
If you are looking to do a DIY kitchen installation, you can save big by purchasing your cupboards, doors and worktops during a sale. In some cases, savings can be more than 40% off the retail price. Top tip: Look out for flash sales on the social media pages for UK kitchen suppliers.
Promo & Discount Codes
Promo codes for fitted kitchens, really? Yes, you may be surprised that many installers and suppliers have promo codes and deals that can help you save on the cost of your fitting. We recommend you find local suppliers first, then check to see if they have any discount codes available.
Ask for a Discount!
Getting a better deal on a fitted kitchen installatoin can be as easy as asking for a better price. This is an extremely easy, fast and simple money saving tip. And, it actually works more often than you might think. The home improvement industry is very competitive, and many suppliers and fitters will be willing to provide a further discount to secure your business.
If you are an OAP, work in certain industries (armed forces, NHS, etc.) or hold another concession, you may be able to receive a discounted rate from your kitchen fitter. Not every supplier will provide discounts, but quite a few smaller installers provide a discount to certain concession holders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few questions our visitors regularly ask about fitted kitchen prices and installation. Our answers below will hopefully help you, but if we have missed anything, please get in touch.
In most cases, you will not require planning permission when installing or renovating a kitchen, unless it is part of a house extension. If your property is listed, you should consult the local planning authority to check whether permission is required.
An average sized kitchen will take approximately 5 days to install. One day will generally be allocated to removing your current kitchen, so if this isn’t required, the new kitchen can be installed faster.
The installation will take longer if you are having more extensive work carried out, such as new plastering, tiling or floors.
Whilst you won’t have to move out of your home whilst the new kitchen is installed, you will have restricted access to your kitchen, which can make tasks such as cooking difficult.
The qualifications required will likely differ depending on the type of kitchen installation you require. Certain electrical work may require a qualified electrician to carry out the work. If you have fitted gas appliances, such as an oven or hob, your installer will need to be Gas Safe registered.
If your fitter is taking away waste (either such as your old kitchen), they should have a waste carriers licence.
Asking questions is a great way to better understand the quality and service you will receive. Below are a few questions that you can ask potential installers to gain a better understanding of their experience and services.
How long have you been installing kitchens?
Do you have any example photos of your previous work?
Can you provide testimonials or references?
Do you have public liability insurance?
How long will the installation take?
Do you supply everything needed for the project?
Are there any additional costs I should be aware of?
If you are hiring a professional to install your new kitchen, they should provide a warranty for their workmanship and materials. In most cases, a warranty will last from 5 to 10 years, but some providers guarantee their work for up to 20 years.
As warranties vary between fitters and kitchens, it is always a good idea to check what warranty your chosen installer will provide. A warranty will provide peace of mind that if anything was to go wrong, your new kitchen will be quickly fixed.
If your old kitchen is being removed and disposed of as part of your installation, your kitchen fitter will need a waste carriers license.
It is a good idea to always ensure your chosen kitchen fitter has public liability insurance. This is an insurance that will protect you and your home if something was to go wrong during the installation. You can request a copy of your builders PLI certificate, which they should be able to email or print for you.
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