The benefits Of Shopping for A Second Hand Kitchen With Used Kitchen Exchange
The cost of gutting, purchasing and putting in a brand new kitchen can vary enormously, but I recently learned that some of us really are prepared to splash out on this part of the house. In keeping with the Kitchen Tendencies Research 2017 carried out by Houzz UK, 9% of homeowners spent greater than £75,000 on their kitchen renovation and an additional 7% spent between £50-75k.
When spending this a lot cash, we clearly need it so as to add value to a property, so investing in high quality is sensible. My feeling is that few buyers realise that they will most likely get the standard their in search of, at a fraction of the cost, by purchasing a second vintage stone island clothing hand kitchen. With this in mind, I was more than happy to work together with second hand kitchen firm Used Kitchen Exchange on spreading the word.
UKE founder, Helen Lord, personally experienced the advantages of buying a second hand kitchen, when after much searching, she found a pre-owned Clive Christian kitchen, which she realised may very well be reconfigured for her house. She paid simply £5,000 for the kitchen when the previous proprietor had initially bought it for £100k (you can learn all about how she put her personal stamp on it here).
The satisfaction of buying a quality kitchen at an inexpensive value from a sustainable supply was so inspiring, it sparked the idea to set up her company. Based in Cheshire, UK, they’ve since sold over one thousand pre-owned and ex-show kitchens and won quite a few UK enterprise and environmental awards.
“The kitchen industry is rising at four% per yr and 80% of new kitchens in the UK are replacements. Due to the risk and complexities of promoting a used kitchen, most end up in landfill and rather a lot of those have a few years of life left in them. It is not unusual for kitchens which can be just a few years previous to be ripped out because of a house extension or a home purchase and the kitchen not being to the new owners style.
It’s funny because most people would happily buy a used automotive, however haven’t even considered a used kitchen. Stone Island Sometimes, a kitchen can take years to save lots of for, committing households to pointless debt. Property developers and landlords have at all times bought second hand or ex display kitchens – they are savvy buyers, however with our publicity and activity on social media, more folks are becoming aware that that is such a great way to purchase a kitchen, that fits into your price range.”
Helen Lord, founder of Used Kitchen Alternate
So how does it work
Used Kitchen Trade is an internet marketplace for buying and selling pre-owned and ex-display kitchens. If you’re trying to promote, UKE will survey and photograph it, free of charge. There is no cost for listing your kitchen and they provide an optionally available removing service, which is included in the sale value. Additionally they operate on a no sale, no price basis.
For purchasers shopping for a kitchen, UKE supply a delivery, storage and optional interior design service, working carefully with interior designer Melanie Lissack. Their most popular kitchens are picket in body kinds that are ideal for repainting, so they’ve also partnered with a specialist painter who can advise clients in the event that they choose to repaint their kitchen.
Listed below are only a few examples of among the kitchens that come up for sale:
This ex-display walnut Metro Deco Clive Christian kitchen consists of Gaggenau appliances is on sale for £59k and would often price in excess of £132k.
A modern oak kitchen positioned in Shoreditch, London is being advertised at £6,000. It options handleless flush oak models contains, granite worktops, island and Gaggenau, Miele and Euro Cave appliances.
This bespoke walnut kitchen in Norwich (including granite worktops and appliances) offered for £5,500.
This can be a two-yr-outdated trendy white excessive gloss kitchen in North Yorkshire. With appliances, it offered for £9,500
Within the West Midlands, this 6-yr-outdated kitchen by Alno is presently being advertised for £3,500
In London, this Benchmarx painted in frame kitchen bought for £4,000.
Helen’s prime suggestions for buying a used kitchen:
● Crucial, remember to inspect a kitchen prior to purchase. We survey all kitchens for our patrons so that they can buy with confidence. We also provide 14 day buyer protection.
● Choose a kitchen that’s slightly larger than you need – this implies you won’t need to compromise on format and reconfiguration. Have an thought of what form of structure you need, however don’t hang your hat on this. Perceive how many units you’ll need and choose your kitchen primarily based on this. Models are easy to reconfigure.
Dark inexperienced painted kitchen with gold fittings by way of Devol
● When you love, for example, the inky blue look with copper handles, however can’t afford the designer value tag, you may recreate it your self. If a kitchen is going to be repainted, this is an ideal time to alter the handles because the holes could be stuffed and made invisible – don’t neglect to promote the outdated handles on eBay too!
Industrial fashion kitchen island by Neptune
● You don’t have to have spare items to make an island, so when you actually need one – make one! Equally you probably have too many items, using them to create an island could be very simple to do.
● Updating is not just down to paint and handles. Alternative of worktop, color of the kick boards, tiles and wall colour can all dramatically change the look of a kitchen.
Tiles by Mandarin Stone
● Keep in mind that the worktops will likely need re-templating if they are granite or quartz, so think about the cost of this. There are some brilliants laminates in the marketplace now. This is usually a cost efficient solution in case you don’t like the worktops that come with the kitchen and they are often sourced second hand.
Tiled concrete kitchen island. Photo by Shadowplay UK by way of Rock my Style
● If there isn’t enough worktop in your chosen structure, combine up the worktops! Different textures and finishes in kitchens are very on trend and mixing stone worktops with wooden can look very efficient.