4 top tips for buying a kitchen or bathroom in these uncertain times

Things are looking brighter. As you’re aware, restrictions in the current COVID-19 situation are loosening up, we’ve recently reopened with the Government guidelines in place. Throughout the past couple of weeks, we’ve learned more about how people are buying kitchens and bathrooms in these uncertain times. We wanted to share our 4 top tips on how to go about buying your dream kitchen or bathroom whilst some restrictions are still in place across the UK.

Tip 1: Do your company research

It’s important to do your research on the company before you choose to buy a kitchen or bathroom from them. This could be through recommendation from a friend, family member or colleague to reviews from Google and social media platforms, it’s good to know who you’re dealing with and if they can create a kitchen or bathroom that you like. Remember to look at the following:

  • Take a good look at their website
  • Read the customer testimonials
  • Look through their social media platforms
  • Read reviews from Google/social media platforms

Tip 2: Have a good idea of what you are looking for

When looking to purchase a new kitchen or bathroom, you’ve probably already got ideas in mind. It’s good to share these visions with the companies that you are considering working with. The designers will be able to come back to you with more accurate information, pricing and design mock-ups. This will save you time and the hassle of more back and forth visits whilst there are currently limited meetings/one-to-ones with kitchen/bathroom experts.

Tip 3: Have an open conversation with your chosen kitchen designer

It’s key to make sure you’re on the same page with your kitchen or bathroom designer, especially when you’re mainly communicating via email, phone or video call. Before you book a meeting, virtual or in person, create a list of questions you’d like to ask. Whilst the designer will also have a checklist, you’ll feel much better having things checked off your list at the end of the meeting and their list will be slightly different from the design point of view.

Tip 4: If you feel comfortable, book a visit to the showroom

Most kitchen companies will have implemented steps to ensure their showroom is safe and will be following the Government guidelines. Don’t be afraid to ask the company what to expect if you book a visit as they will be happy to explain their cleaning procedures and anything else. It can be important to your buying process to visit a showroom so you can pick your colours, worktops, flooring and other elements in person. However, if this is not possible, staff are happy to help as much as possible remotely.

Hopefully, you are now one step closer to your brand-new kitchen or bathroom! If you have any questions, please drop us an email at enquries@johnfranklinkitchens.co.uk or call us on 01458 834435.