Buyers Beware: Homeowner Tips for Buying Countertops
If you’re new to the world of buying natural stone countertops and want eye-catching surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom, then it’s time to start thinking about the best countertop buying strategies. There are a few things that can happen when you’re shopping for natural stone countertops if you don’t know what you’re looking for – like big boxed stores offering you amazing deals, with lackluster results.
There are certain things every buyer should beware before they start countertop shopping – so if you’re trying to navigate what you should and shouldn’t do before installation, we have a couple of insider tips to help you get started.
Big Box Store Pricing is Too Good to Be True
If you’re browsing for new kitchen countertops, and stumble across a deal for highly affordable countertop materials from a large online distribution center, chances are it’s too good to be true.
More often than not, big box countertop companies may sell you low quality, thin or prefabricated materials that aren’t quite as they advertise. While countertops should be sold at an affordable price point, if they seem to be outrageously low, then it might not be the top tier quality you were hoping for. They often outsource the work to a fabricator who will be focused only on keeping their performance costs low which means your project may not get the attention to detail that you expect. Additionally, your color selections will be the same as those offered at a local quality fabricator but may be renamed by the big box store to make it more difficult to comparison shop.
Rather than guess what you’re buying online, take the time to see what your options are by visiting a local countertop retailer. You’ll be able to get honest quotes, pricing, and material transparency, and so much more. We pride ourselves on The Bloomday Difference which focuses on quality, reliability, and service that is unparalleled.
Consider the Color Before Installation
Everyone has their style preferences, but when it comes to your countertop materials, it’s important to pick out styles and designs that fit your needs – including color. While we often think about the veining rather than the color, it’s easy to get lost in the range of styles while you’re shopping.
For instance, marble isn’t just known for it’s white, luminous finish – it can also come in a range of colors such as grey, pink, or even mauve. There are pros and cons to every natural material, but if it comes down to a choice between color and style, pick something that is going to compliment your space the best.
Meeting with a local countertop retailer, like Bloomday Granite, eliminates some of the stress that comes with shopping for a new countertop. You’ll be able to view a variety of slabs, colors, and patterns with the help of our project teams, so you can make the best decision possible. Don’t rush your decision – it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right material for your space.
Make or Break Remodeling Choices
Sometimes, when we’re remodeling a kitchen or bathroom it’s not just for our own personal design aesthetic – it’s for increased resale value. If you decide to tackle a kitchen remodel, and know you won’t be in your home for longer than a year, you might be tempted to skip out on high-quality countertops.
While this might not seem like a big deal, you don’t want to install laminate countertops if you’re trying to significantly increase your home’s resale value. That’s not a smart use of your investment – but nor is going to wow future buyers.
The key to choosing a countertop material is to find something that compliments your space without breaking the bank. Don’t let a big box store fool you into purchasing something too skewed in price. Generally, those price tags don’t reflect the true quality of the material, and you probably won’t get the service or installation you expected.
It’s best to look for materials that are in your price range, resistant to heat and scratches, and are easy to clean. Natural surfaces such as granite countertops, quartz countertops, solid surface countertops, and Dekton countertops are great for any home and will increase your potential resell value. While there are plenty of valuable kitchen upgrades, new countertops are definitely something you won’t want to overlook.