Like with many other installations or related home services you may be considering, a bit of preparation is important if you’re having new countertops installed in any part of your home. Whether in your kitchen, bathroom or any other location, some simple steps to prepare both yourself and the area in question can go a long way.
At Creative Granite & Design, we’re happy to not only provide a huge range of countertop options, including granite countertops, marble countertops and more, but also to assist clients every step of the way toward installation. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over several basic themes for preparing your space for upcoming countertop installation.
Create a Secondary Space
Especially if we’re talking about kitchen countertops, but even for other areas in your home, it’s important to have a place to prepare food and perform other activities while the countertop installation is taking place. Such installations will typically take your normal countertop space out of commission for some period of time, so having an alternative is important.
This may mean setting up a makeshift kitchen in another room of your home, or utilizing a friend or neighbor’s space. If you have the budget for it and are planning other renovations as well, this could also be an opportunity to create a more permanent secondary kitchen space elsewhere in your home.
Regardless, the key is to not wait until the last minute to set up this area, as it will make things much easier on you and your family during installation.
Clean Up Your Current Countertops
Again, particularly if we’re talking about kitchen countertop installation, but also for other areas of the home, it’s important to clear off and clean up your current countertops before the process begins. This will give the installers a much easier time to do their work, and also minimize the amount of potential dust and debris that could get into your food or other materials.
Make sure all items that may get in the way, such as utensils, toasters, blenders and the like are removed from the countertop area. Wipe down the counters themselves to remove any built-up grease or food residue, which will make it easier for the new countertops to adhere properly.
Communicate With Installers
At least a few days ahead of time, it’s important that you reach out to the countertop installation company or contractor you’re working with to go over all the final details. This includes ensuring that they have all the materials and other elements they need for a successful install, as well as clarifying any questions about the process itself.
It may also be helpful to walk through the space with them ahead of time so that they can get a sense of the layout and any potential challenges that may come up. If you have pets, now is also the time to make sure they’ll be out of the way on installation day.
For more on how to prepare for your upcoming countertop installation, or to learn about any of our granite, marble, quartz or other countertop options, speak to the team at Creative Granite & Design today.