6 Different Ways to Save When Purchasing New Countertops
While shopping for new countertops can be a considerable purchase, there are some useful tips to get the best value for your hard-earned money.
1. Do your homework.
Before you schedule an appointment to visit your fabricator’s showroom, browse online and gather examples of your likes and dislikes. This will save time and keep you focused.
2. Schedule a visit.
Now that you have an idea of the overall look that you want, schedule a visit to your local fabricator’s showroom with a knowledgeable sales associate. Share your inspiration photos with them so they have an idea of what options to show you first. There are often multiple materials available to achieve a certain look, so if budget is top of mind, evaluate the different materials and decide if the cost difference affects the look that you’re after. Typically, pricing is about the color, not the quality. Just because it costs more, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a better product. It’s usually just a different color.
3. Consider edges.
Now it’s time to consider countertop edges. Ask your fabricator what edges are standard. Most larger fabricators will offer a few to select from, but since the focal point of your countertop will generally be the beautiful stone that you’ve selected, spending additional money on a detail that may or may not be noticed might not be necessary. If you absolutely love it, sure, go ahead, but it is not essential to the functioning of the countertop.
4. Decide on a sink.
When it comes to your sink, it’s always recommended that you go with the best quality that your budget allows. It is important to make a firm decision on the sink you want beforehand. Undermount sink cutouts are done specific to the model that you selected, so it would not be an easy modification, if at all possible, should you change your mind later. If you are considering stainless steel, 18-gauge is accepted as a good-quality industry standard. You may be able to purchase a sink for fewer dollars, but you must ask yourself – will it withstand all the daily wear and tear through the years?
5. Keep them looking nice.
To get the best value from your countertop selections, it is crucial to practice proper care and maintenance. No matter what your choices, you have made an investment in updating and beautifying your home. Getting the most for your money, means taking care of your purchase. Follow the daily care and sealing (if applicable) instructions provided by your fabricator.
6. Line up your projects.
As an added thought – if you’ve been considering revamping a second area of your home in addition to your main project, such as the powder or laundry room, you may want to do it at the same time to save on trip charges. Multiple tops can be templated during the same template appointment and install dates.
By being diligent throughout your purchasing process, you will be able to make the best decisions for all your countertop needs and wants. So, if it is time for a home refresh, know that making these wise choices can help you achieve your desired end result while being smart with your wallet.