Three years ago when we lived in FL we had new counter tops installed in our kitchen. We got everything from Home Depot. New sink, faucet, garbage disposal and counter tops.
A guy came out and measured to make the template for the counter (in this case Silestone). Three weeks later when the product was in, they scheduled the install. The installers ripped out and disposed of the old counter top, sink, etc and installed the new one in its place.
Now we live in NY and have decided to replace the 40 year old countertops in our home. Same basic deal, we’re keeping the cabinets and just getting new counter tops, sink, faucet etc. We go to HD nearby because we were well satisfied with their work last time and the price was good.
So the girl works up the quote and says that in order to make the template for the new counter (in this case Corian) they have to remove the existing counter tops and sink which will cost $675 (if we use their contractor) then we won’t have counter tops or sink for 3 weeks while we wait for the product to be built then the installers will come and install the new counter, sink, faucet. If we don’t want to be without a kitchen counter and sink for 3 weeks then we can have the contractor replace the counter top and sink temporarily for an additional $660.
When I pointed out that we’d had the same work done on our condo in FL and they didn’t have to rip out the counter top and sink to make the template her only reasoning was that things were done differently here in NY. That’s it, in FL you can make a template by just measuring, travel a bit north and apparently you have to rip out the existing counter tops to make a template.
I wish I would have questioned her further because now that I’ve had time to mull it over I think it’s utterly ridiculous and I want a better reason to spend an extra $675 (or $1335 if we have them rip it out and then put it back in).
I don’t get it. I think I’m going to have to call her back and ask her about that because it does seem utterly ridiculous.