A Flat Pack Kitchen Turns Out To Be A Costly Option

Date:  November 14, 2017


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Flat Pack Kitchen Disaster

A Flat Pack Kitchen Turns Out To Be A Costly Option

Kitchens are the most important room in your house. Updating your kitchen can increase your property sale price – a lot. Unfortunately kitchens are also the most expensive rooms to renovate. So, many people are looking into buying a Flat Pack Kitchen as a way to save money. What they often don’t realise is that a flat pack kitchen turns out to be a costly option.

Decreased value of your property

When a Flat Pack Kitchen turns out to be costly

Flatpack Kitchen -Remodel Disaster

A major disadvantage of a flat pack kitchen is the lower re-sale value of your property. It can easily decrease your property value by $30,000 or $40,000. How is that? As a flat pack kitchen does not follow the glue and screw method of rigid kitchens, it is less sturdy. A custom built kitchen is more durable, perfectly fitted to your space and hence the most valuable option. Every Real Estate Agent spots a flat pack kitchen straight away – and will adjust the sale price – accordingly.

Unexpected costs of professional installers

The unexpected expense of professional installers mostly bursts your budget. If you are not experienced with engineering a kitchen, you  will as a result find flat pack kitchens more of a challenge than they expected. An allen key, a cordless drill and a few cabinets don’t make a kitchen.

It easily takes four weeks for a complete kitchen to be unpacked and assembled. DIY kitchens are loaded with manuals which one has to follow to the letter. Beware if you are getting impatient or lose interest. If you don’t follow the instruction manual precisely it will lead to damages and an unsightly if not unstable structure, which often results in a cabinetmaker or at least a professional handyman being called to help.

Plumbing costs

How to Avoid Getting Burned By Kitchen Remodels

How to Avoid Getting Burned by Kitchen Remodels

Additional costs: Once you tear out your old kitchen, you by law will need the tradies to come in. You can’t just install the sink, hook up the plumbing and re-connect the stove. Plumbing can only be done by a licensed plumber, so you’ll need some help with this. The same goes for the stove and oven. By law, you need a license to do electrical work or gas fitting.

If you are lucky they only need to reconnect the new appliances. More often though the flat pack kitchen does not fit in the same way as the custom built kitchen, so that the plumber may have to actually cut open the wall and re-do the piping.

Benchtop refitting

To install a benchtop is harder than it looks, because walls are rarely flat or square. Stone benchtops require accurate cutting and special tools and really should be done by a professional to avoid costly mistakes.

So instead of paying 4 or 5 separate bills on top of your flat back kitchen and being shell shocked at the end by how much you went over budget for a cheap flat pack kitchen – double check if it’s worth it.

In most cases a kitchen makeover is the smarter strategy. With a facelift you can make your dated but structurally sound kitchen look like new in no time. Add a couple of modernising tricks and you‘ll get a fresh, modern kitchen for a fraction of the money.

How long does a facelift take?

We take no more than three weeks from start to finish. This includes the pick–up at your location as well as the delivery back to your home.

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