How to choose your contract kitchen partner
June 24, 2019
Choosing the right contract kitchen partner for your property development is obviously vital. The kitchen is arguably one of the rooms in a property that will undoubtedly help sell it – so choosing the right partner, with so many companies in the marketplace, is a daunting prospect. Choosing the best professionals to help deliver an excellent return on your property development can be a headache so here are our tips.
Advice and guidance
Our approach is a true partnership and with our track record and knowledge we work with clients to look at the best use of space while maximising profit without compromising on style and creativity. A quality contract kitchen partner won’t be just focussed on installing a standard kitchen – they’ll look at what more can be done to maximise value. A partnership approach is also based on a solid understanding of the client and this is where really understanding and knowing the client makes a big difference.
Service levels and project management
It’s critical that you have a solid working relationship with your contract kitchen partner - someone you can trust and connect with. What you’ll need to establish is that they have the creativity that’s coupled with commercial acumen and with excellent project management skills. A good partner will have all three in spades and these make a real difference. Naturally the best partner will have the ability to collaborate and coordinate well with the established site team while delivering a high level of customer care and attention. Complemented with regular communication and checkpoint meetings, our team ensures any project runs smoothly.
Little things make a big difference
The right partner will also want to provide a professional after sales service. There is often a significant lag time between a development being completed and the units being occupied. However far down the line that may be, a happy resident will be one who can easily find operational manuals and the process for confirming the guarantees for the appliances in their new kitchen. As part of our service to our clients we’ll provide information packs and be on hand should a new owner or occupier need help. It’s a small thing but makes a really big impact and builds a high level of trust between us and our clients, and their clients too.
Reliability is also critical in the property industry as there are many companies out there, that will promise the earth and don’t deliver. The right partner will meet agreed timescales but will also combine flexibility to react to changing circumstances on site and has an excellent understanding of supply chain management in what is a dynamic and demanding sector.
Quality is paramount
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home, so quality is a necessary to cope with wear and tear. We made a conscious decision to work with mid to high end manufacturers because they offer a premium product with the breadth of choice that can meet the demands of our clients’ exacting requirements.
At Chalk Kitchens we have extensive experience in working on behalf of property developers, interior designers, architects and design and build contractors on a range of residential developments and luxury private properties in London. We are trusted to manage the entire kitchen process, delivering value-for-money designs using carefully selected preferred suppliers and manufacturers.