COSTING: HIVE VS B&Q
B&Q imply huge savings on their kitchens. Discounts such as 50% off their kitchen cabinets & doors, and a further 20% reduction is a typical monthly promotion. These discounts simply involve setting high unrealistic price points and then applying the discounts to achieve a realistic price. These huge implied monthly promotions are used as an incentive for clients to place a deposit and purchase a kitchen before the monthly promotion ends.
Unfortunately this is a common practice in the UK kitchen industry and means pricing and discounts are highly misleading. The prices offered are still high even after these discounts as the following kitchen design price comparison illustrates.
Cooke & Lewis Range
Chesterton Solid Oak
Of the three kitchen designs and quotes attained for cost comparisons, B&Q was by far the most informative. Credit has to be given to them for providing a full costing of all aspects of the supply and installation of a kitchen.
As can be seen, B&Q were very competitive on the supply of the kitchen furniture, and not too far away on price on Bosch appliances. Where they fell down in price is on quartz worktops (£1512 more expensive) and on installation services (£2151 more).
Here's the boring part: Service costing includes the following: plastering, 8 x LED downlights, new electrical consumer unit, 6 x plug sockets, undercabinet light installation, cooker socket, new ring main, waste removal, 5 square metre tiles & tiling (same tile price used), painting of 30 square metres, and a door thread, kitchen installation, all electrical and gas testing and certification.