Upgrading your countertops in your kitchen or bathroom should be an exciting venture. Miscommunication, unnecessary delays and other frustrations can take some of the fun out of it, though. Here are three tips for ensuring that your countertop installation goes as smoothly as possible.
Both you and your contractor share the responsibility of planning the countertop update. Of course, the designer, contractor and technicians do the actual work of installing the new pieces, but you have to know what you want before they begin. Set your budget so that you know what you can spend on the project. Take all the time you need to select the materials and style that you like the best, and work with the designer and contractor to iron out all the details.
At the end of the planning phase, the contractor can give you a general estimate of the cost and a timeline for when you can expect the countertop installation to be complete. Keep in mind that these figures are an approximation. If the builders get behind schedule, it’s okay to ask for an update. However, resist the urge to hover. They can’t work to the best of their abilities if you are hovering all the time and questioning their every move.
Making a clear plan and keeping the lines of communication open are important because they help maintain trust between you and your contractor. You may know what you want, but the contractor’s team has the knowledge and experience to actually make it happen. Your ideas are important, but you should also keep an open mind and listen to what the project leader has to say.
A countertop installation in your kitchen or bath is a job for a professional contractor. By communicating well and often, you can establish the mutual trust needed for him or her to complete the project expertly and efficiently.