It is natural for homeowners to be sceptical about the people they can trust, to deliver good products. While local kitchen vendors are many, below are a few reasons as to why choosing them may work to your disadvantage.
While many us find the process of choosing kitchens and their layouts tedious and time-consuming, selecting the right kitchen vendor can be quite overwhelming. With the rise in snap-fit and tailored designs and versatility of materials, kitchen vendors can be found aplenty. What was once a skill-based niche populated by people of experience, is now filled with local vendors whose credentials are questionable.
1. USE OF POOR QUALITY MATERIALS
Good materials are the backbone of great kitchen design. While a few customers do their homework before letting a vendor select materials, the majority often allow him to lead them in their choice. Doing this does ensure a hassle-free process, but may also mean that the final product is made using inferior quality materials that do not validate the money spent.
2. BADLY FINISHED PRODUCTS
It is true that hand-finished products have their own allure. When it comes to modern modular kitchens, these often show up as irregular and incomplete finishing, a lack of precision, bad quality designs and products that may not stand the test of time. Machine-made kitchens have a precision finish, are tailored to fit in exactly with the kitchen measurements and are highly functional and last longer.
3. INCONSISTENT DESIGN
Designing a kitchen to look like its catalogue counterpart isn’t an easy task. Local vendors often reproduce designs, with glaring inconsistencies in the finished product. This affects the look, as well as the layout of a kitchen when finally installed. Inconsistencies also affect the functionality of the space.
4. NO GUARANTEE/ WARRANTY
Local vendors don’t often provide a warranty or just a limited guarantee on kitchen products delivered. Once a product is finished and delivered, and repair of a manufacturing defect or replacement is not forthcoming or has to be followed up repeatedly and consistently.
5. LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY IN DELIVERY TIMELINES
Local vendors often have a lack of accountability and are very rarely affected by feedback. These vendors aren’t consistent with delivery and installation timelines, requiring frequent followups. On the contrary marketplaces like HomeLane, promise a delivery timeline even before booking is completed and take their credibility seriously.
6. NOT ONE-STOP SOLUTION
Vendors of modular kitchens must be able to provide a one-stop solution for all kinds of kitchen needs, including design creation, accessories and countertops. Local vendors take care of one particular aspect, leaving customers to run around for other materials. thereby causing stress on money and time.
7. OFFER FLUCTUATING PRICE POINTS
Designing and installing a kitchen often runs into thousands, and for the kind of money involved, expectations often run high. It can, therefore, be unnerving when local vendors provide sudden and unexplained price fluctuations, differ on final costing or under-deliver on materials (local MDF instead of termite-proof). Vendors must be able to provide an approximate price range based on basic requirements and any additional costs for accessories that may come up thereafter.
HomeLane interacts with different homeowners and understands the need for a streamlined hassle-free process in selecting kitchens. Pricing is arrived at based on the design and can be tailored as per the materials and accessories used. Our customers are informed of the cost at each and every step of the way, given the freedom to choose a pre-selected verified kitchen vendor and choose components that can best represent their kitchens.