Buying advice for Home Improvements

The KBSA has produced a FREE Consumer Guide which contains practical advice for consumers who are considering buying a new kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or home office.

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Your home improvement project may entail a substantial investment so it pays to get the best possible independent information and advice before you begin.

It’s crucial to work with a supplier you can trust and with a KBSA retailer you will feel safe in the knowledge that the design and installation of your bathroom will be handled by a professional.

All KBSA members are carefully vetted prior to admission and they must have been trading for at least two years in order to be considered for membership. The high standards and strict monitoring applied by the KBSA to its members means that they are able to offer exceptionally comprehensive protection, free of charge, for consumers, in case of the member retailer ceasing to trade. The Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA) is the body, similar to that of ABTA, which sets the standard for professionalism in the home improvement industry. With over 300 kitchen, bedroom and bathroom retailers nationwide, the KBSA offers consumers peace of mind and security.

Buying guidelines from the KBSA

  • No-one would buy a car without test driving it first, and your new room can carry a similar price tag. Make sure you visit a showroom and see exactly what you are buying and check out the quality for yourself. All KBSA retailers have their own showrooms with permanently fitted displays, and are continuously vetted to ensure they maintain the high standards required for KBSA membership.
  • Choose a retailer with a track record of good installations and ask to speak to some past customer and even visit them in their homes if possible.
  • All good retailers will ask for a deposit. You should not pay a deposit of more than 25% and it is likely that you will be required to make an interim payment, ask for a written payment schedule which includes the timings of any interim payment.
  • Make sure you have a written quotation that covers every aspect of the job, including fitting, flooring and any structural alterations you may have discussed.