CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Somerset Life today CLICK HERE

KBSA retailer offers vital protection in volatile market

PUBLISHED: 16:15 15 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 20 February 2013

KBSA retailer offers vital protection in volatile market

The collapse of high street names such as Moben, Dolphin, Sharps and Habitat is yet another stark reminder that the high street remains a volatile place and that consumers should take all necessary precautions when making a major home purchase, warns local retailer, Intoto Kitchens.

The showroom has been trading for 9 years at 44 Princes Street in Yeovil and is a member of the only national trade association for specialist kitchen bathroom and bedroom retailers, the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, (KBSA).

As a KBSA member Intoto in Yeovil offers the security of a national trade association that upholds standards of design, supply, installation and customer service. They also offer a reassuring ConsumerCare Plus insurance scheme which covers the deposit, advance payments, work in progress and a 6- year warranty for extra peace of mind.

It is always unfortunate to hear of company failures that leave consumers out of pocket and facing turmoil as they try and recover what they have paid for, says showroom owner Richard Fox.

However the slowdown in the recovery of the economy means it is likely that we will see more retailers fail. It is a clear warning to everyone that they should always buy from an organisation that has a recognised trade association membership and provides financial protection in the event of a company failure.

As a member of the KBSA Intoto in Yeovil follows an Approved Code of Practice and is subject to strict monitoring to ensure continued professional service. All members are carefully vetted financially prior to admission and they must have been trading for at least two years in order to be considered for membership.

All KBSA members are listed on the KBSA website,

Intoto in Yeovil offers the following guidelines on investing in a home makeover:

  1. Visit a company that has a showroom so you can inspect the quality of the product and the
    standard of installation.

  2. Choose a retail member with a track record of good installations and ask to speak to some
    past customer and even visit them in their homes if possible.

  3. Be careful about paying in full for your kitchen in advance. 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 and final

  4. 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.

  5. Dont sign anything unless you are prepared to honour your side of the contract. Some
    terms and conditions have expensive cancellation clauses. If in doubt contact the KBSA.


More from Homes & Gardens

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Every house has a history, some more so than others, but as Catherine Courtenay discovers, it’s very often the homeowners themselves who create its unique identity

Read more
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As we head into Autumn, the change in season is all around us. From the leaves on the trees turning burnt orange and fiery red, to dark mornings and nights bookending our days. As we put the clocks back an hour to battle the darkness, here’s some top tips on how you can keep your home warm and costs down this Autumn.

Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An 18th century manor house, which played a pivotal part in the history of English poetry, is up for sale

Read more
Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural energy provider, Calor, gives some top tips for homeowners wanting to make their houses cosy and warm in time for the colder months.

Read more
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Residential property company heylo recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the Armed Forces community, including regulars, reserves, veterans and their families. The signing took place in a ceremony held at Wellington Barracks

Read more
Monday, June 25, 2018

Gardener and broadcaster Toby Buckland delivers his expert advice

Read more
Monday, May 21, 2018

We look at the people who are flying the flag for Somerset at this year’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show

Read more
Thursday, May 3, 2018

From flower gardens and greenhouses, to allotments and endless cider, people from all over Somerset are invited to down tools and celebrate their gardens no matter what size, shape or form on May 13 for Somerset Garden Day

Read more
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Add colour to your garden now with the top flowers of March and this season will be all the brighter

Read more
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Houseplants are a hot interior trend at the moment and can completely transform a room - but they have their downsides! Gardener and broadcaster Toby Buckland delivers his expert advice

Read more
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Richard Cooke and his partner Michael Taylor knew they wanted to buy their home as soon as they saw the front garden bursting with life and colour, they tell Victoria Jenkins

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

subscription ad

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search