When you’re remodeling, the kitchen plays one of the most important roles. And within the kitchen, the countertop takes center stage. Many people underestimate the work that goes into choosing and buying countertops, which puts them in a bind once it comes time to complete the project.
The countertop can significantly impact the kitchen’s overall design; even the tiniest details can alter the way it looks. In order to get the perfect kitchen remodel, you have to get the perfect countertops—and not just in the way of looks, either. Of course, they should be aesthetically pleasing, but they should also be functional for the degree of activity that your kitchen sees.
This article will outline the five most common mistakes people make when buying countertops—so you can avoid them during your remodeling process.
1. Making the wrong choice with material
This is easily the most common mistake that buyers make—but it’s also the most avoidable. The reason people make this mistake so often is that they’re not aware of the material that suits their kitchen best, and they end up making a decision that’s based on only what they want at the moment.
When you go to buy a countertop, you’ll be presented with a myriad of options. Many people don’t stick with the vision that they had in mind, opting instead to go for something that’s available right in front of them. This is tempting because getting the product quicker is satisfying, but try to keep your vision in mind and stick with it. And if you do end up going with an available option, make sure you know everything about it before handing over your money.
This knowledge will help you prepare for the countertop that you didn’t expect to buy. Consider the cost, the upkeep, and the durability of the countertop—this will save you time and energy in the future.
2. Deciding based on singular elements
When you’re remodeling, all the elements should work together, meaning that you can’t choose a countertop without considering everything else within the kitchen. Many people find themselves tempted to head for what’s trendy in countertops—even if it doesn’t match the aesthetic of the room.
All the elements of your kitchen play an important role in how the room comes together—even down to the utensils and the plumbing. These elements should play off of each other, contributing strengths and leaning on the designs of other aspects to compensate for weaknesses.
The last thing you want when choosing a countertop is for it to clash with the rest of the kitchen. In order to avoid this, keep in mind your room as a whole instead of in parts.
3. Hiring the wrong contractor
Making sure that your countertop turns out beautifully depends on hiring the right contractor to install it. You could have the most perfect countertop available only to have it ruined by a contractor who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
In order to find the best contractor to do the job for you, ask around for personal and professional recommendations in your area and get reviews from people who have worked with the contractor firsthand.
4. Failing to consider the function of your kitchen
When buying countertops, consider what you’re going to use the countertops for. Does your family cook every night, or only once in a while? Does your kitchen see a lot of activity or not much at all?
These are questions you should have the answers to before picking something out because forgetting to learn about the maintenance and upkeep of your countertop choice could come back to bite you. You should know a considerable amount about your chosen countertop material’s durability, lasting quality, and cleaning routines.
5. Forgetting your budget
Forgetting your budget is a bad thing either way—you could end up spending too much or going too cheap with your countertops. In order to stay within your range and get the most out of your purchase, we recommend keeping an eye on your budget as you move through the project.
Understand how much you can spend, the cost of each type of countertop, and the cost of their maintenance as well. This will help you make an informed decision that will benefit you in the long run. If you need input on price estimations, contact Marble Granite World, and we can provide you with all the information you need.
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In order to make a well-informed decision, it’s essential to avoid these five common mistakes that people make when buying countertops. If you have questions about the process or would like a free consultation, contact us today!