The Top 6 Qualities of Kitchen Fitters
Being honest is the only way to be if you want to be great at this job. If you’re honest you won’t get yourself into trouble and mess up the whole operation. If you need an honest kitchen fitter in Hull then look no further, we have the quality and the reputation you need! You need a company who is honest about:
Price - No one is going to appreciate you springing unexpected costs on to them. Iron out all the costs and potential costs at the start of the job. Just try and be as clear and honest about everything to do with costs at the start.
Time-scale - Although its impossible to nail down the exact hour you’ll finish a job, always give a range to the customer and keep them updated as you go.
Working Hours - Make sure you’re always punctual. Your customer might expect you at 2 and need to leave the house at 2:30. If you show up at 3, its going to be a problem and mess everything up. Be communicative and always stay punctual.
02. Skilled & Versatile Team
The amount of moving parts within kitchen fitting means you’ll need to create a versatile team that have varying skills.
As the kitchen fitter, you’re the main man here who’s going to work with the customer to decide on the best course of action as well as managing the project so that it gets completed to the correct standard. Kitchen fitters should look to build out their teams as soon as possible.
However, you can’t do everything on your own so you’re going to need some other capable hands at your disposal. Here are the connections you’ll need to start building up to make your life easier and to be able to produce a better final result for your customers.
Labourer: Someone that doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and taking care of some of the more manual work. These guys are invaluable and save you time in the operation, so they’re really useful as you start getting more work in.
Plasterer: You can’t learn every skill and walls are obviously an integral part of a kitchen. A good plasterer will save you a lot of time, money and effort learning how to master their trade if you don’t have any experience with it.
Electrician: A lot of fitters won’t be able to take care of the electrics as you’ll need to be specifically qualified to do so. The easiest way to deal with this is to get a qualified electrician you can always rely on.
Plumber: Again, like electricians, get a Gas Safe registered plumber to take care of your plumbing work. You don’t need to learn all the trades.
Then there’s you. You’ll need to continue improving your skills working with kitchens and all the materials that go with them. The more you work and the more you go out of your comfort zone, the better you’ll get at kitchen fitting and problem solving in general. Year after year you and your team should get better and better.
03. People Person
You’re going to be in other people’s personal space so you need to be friendly, polite and respectful. This is a must. Absolutely no one is going to recommend you if you’re a pain within their own home. Understand you’re in someone else’s space, respect that you’re working for them and the customer will be massively thankful. A lot of business is going to be done face to face. We often don’t quote over the phone, especially if the customer is in Hull, we just nip over, introduce ourselves and help out in person.
Always be clean. As you’re working, don’t use the excuse that you’re in the middle of work so the place can be a bomb site. Make sure to clean as you go and always leave at the end of the day with the place looking clean and tidy. Never leave the house in a tip, ever.
Being a people person also helps to build the team you’ll definitely need. No one will want to work with you if you can’t get on with other people.
Experience is key if you want to be a fitter that can do higher end jobs. You can’t just walk into the trade and expect to do a kitchen like this:
There’s a lot of components and moving parts to fitting out a whole and large kitchen.
The truth is that you’ll make a lot of mistakes when you first start out, so you shouldn’t take on large projects with all sorts of complications early on.
When you first start, you’ll want to take on smaller jobs or even work on your own kitchen. You get to build up vital skills and save your reputation by not biting off more than you can chew. A good way of starting out is to take on smaller refurbishment works or low budget jobs with less riding on the outcome of the work being brilliant.
If you come from another trade like plumbing, you could get a kitchen fitting job and take care of all the plumbing. Then, bring in a trusted kitchen fitter, shadow them on the job to learn how they deal with certain aspects of the kitchen and pay them their share after. This way you can get hands on experience and start to help people with their kitchens early on into your new profession.
But always make sure to not bite off more than you can chew and leave the larger, complicated jobs until you have the team and experience to take it on to deliver a good result.
05. Problem Solver
Problems are going to arise in any job on earth ever. As the person in charge of making sure the operation goes well, you’re going to need to deal with these problems as they arise. These could be problems with your suppliers, your team, your knowledge, the space you’re working with, and so on.
As you get more experience you’ll learn that foreseeing problems actually becomes a much more valuable skill than problem solving itself. Why face the problem if you can set up ways of avoiding the problem in the first place?
So, all good kitchen fitters are great problem solvers and can think on their feet. There’s too much going on for problems not to arise. Deal with them as they occur, or build up your knowledge so you can avoid them before they even happen.
Being strong or having someone strong on the team is absolutely necessary. Although there is a lot of delicate and precise work, there’s also a lot of manual labour involved. We recently carried a 140kg iron bath up stairs for a bathroom fitting in Hull. This work definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Yep, there will be a lot of heavy carrying. Fridges, ovens, materials and the rest. Then there’s also ripping out old kitchens and all the labour associated with that. Often it’s useful to have a labourer for this task if you’re dealing with a large kitchen.
Then lastly, putting the kitchen together is just physical in general. It’s carrying, holding things in place, picking things up and very hands-on in general. You’re going to have a lot of long physical days so you need to be either extremely strong or extremely skilled.
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