The Price is Right: Demystifying the cost of your kitchen countertops project
Of course you want the best “deal” when making any purchase. This is especially, and understandably, true when it comes to home remodeling or construction projects. Yes, shopping around is important, but don’t assume that the cheapest price is always the best choice.
It’s important to understand how your project is being priced. Most projects can generally be broken down into four categories: materials, labor, installation and profit. Understanding how these all fit together to formulate your final price is vital. Here’s a typical breakdown…
Materials account for 25- to 50- percent of the final price per square foot. The price of materials depends on availability. More abundant materials, such as Ubatuba, make up a lower percentage while materials such as the Concetto line from Caesarstone, which contains semi-precious stones, make up a much larger percentage.
Labor makes up a significant portion of the price. This includes all of the specific details of the project…all the little details that personalize the job, including edge profiles, polishing, sink cutouts, backsplashes, and more. It makes a difference if they’ll be done by hand or by machine.
Beginning with the template and ending with the final details, installation is another considerable portion of cost. This isn’t an area where we recommend cutting corners. Paying a premium to ensure you have a reliable installer is worth the money. Having the same person template and install will maximize communication and minimize errors. Important details such as proper seams, sealing, and final instructions on care and maintenance help ensure your investment withstands the test of time.
Finally, it’s important to understand profit. Thee are many reasons that a job must produce profit other than making money. A quality fabricator not only deals with a reputable distributor, but they also provide a safe workplace for their employees. To do this, a company must be financially stable and practice safety according to OSHA guidelines. A shop that meets all of these requirements is more likely to treat your project with the same respect.
Knowing how your money is spent from start to finish will help ensure you’ve made a great investment. At Marble and Granite, Inc., top quality materials and experienced fabricators are always part of our equation. You’ll work with an educated representative to personally select your material and we’ll walk you through to the final details of installation ensuring that you feel excited and confident about your decision.
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