If you love the idea of changing your old and dreary kitchen doors for brand new modern ones, chances are you haven't thought too much further than choosing colours and the material. Have you thought very much about how you are going to install the doors? Have you considered DIY?
Some people who buy replacement kitchen doors use the money they save on getting a professional builder or kitchen fitter in to fit them. For some people this really might be the best option, but for most people fitting the doors yourself has plenty of advantages.
Read on for for all the pros and the cons of fitting your replacement kitchen doors yourself. You might just become inspired to pick up that electric screwdriver and give it a go.
The Positives of DIY
- You will save money: This is fairly obvious, but must be pointed out. You can expect to spend at least £100 to £150 a day for a professional kitchen fitter or even just a local builder to come in a fit your doors for you. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you could be looking at two days work.
- It is easy to do: Believe it or not, DIY fitting of your kitchen doors requires little else than a tape measure, a level and a screwdriver. Your doors can even come pre-drilled to help you with fitting the hinges.
- You will get a sense of achievement: You don't have to advertise the fact you fitted the doors yourself – unless you want to, of course. But you will secretly know that you did it yourself, did a great job and saved money, every time you enter your new kitchen.
- You won't need to take time off work: If you have a workman in your home fitting your doors, you will need to be home to supervise them. Or at least, you will need to give them the keys to your home. Both prospects can be worrying for people who work full time. DIY and you can do it in your own time.
- You won't have to wait long: Getting a tradesman can be a lengthy process. You will need to get quotes and then wait until they have the time to come and do the job. Do it yourself and you will receive your doors and have them fitted within a few days.
- Mistakes can be costly: If you make a mistake while drilling your door, you may ruin it. While you can mitigate this risk by being extra careful and measuring twice (or more) there is no getting away from the fact that a hole in the wrong place can be a disaster. You would need to buy a new door.
- It might take longer: A professional will be able to fit doors in no time. As a DIYer you might want to take your time and be extra careful. It might take you a few hours longer to get your doors fitted.
- You will need to work around your schedule: You may need to fit your doors on a weekend or evening when you have the time. This might mean that you lose some leisure time.
- You will need to dispose of your old doors: A tradesman might offer to take away your old doors for free. If you do it yourself you may have to dispose of them yourself. Most recycling centres will happily accept them however.
So as you can see, the positives far outweigh the negatives with DIY kitchen door installation. So what is stopping you? Get online now and start shopping for your new kitchen!