Brand-new counters can completely change the ambiance of your kitchen area. In addition to adding a touch of gloss, counters can also significantly impact the value of your real estate and add a splash of color. However, before the big day when your counters go in, you should take care of a few important things. Here are a few tasks to tack onto your to-do list and why.
1. Check the Integrity of the Cabinets
Depending on what kind of counters you will be installing, they may or may not be capable of handling the weight of new counters. Natural stone and quartz countertops can weigh hundreds of pounds, which means those old cabinets you have in your kitchen may buckle under the weight.
A few weeks before your countertop installation, have a carpenter come out to inspect the strength of your cabinets. Ask them to check them for any issues, such as damaged support beams, problem panels, or wood rot due to a leaking dishwasher. By having your cabinets inspected and repaired beforehand, you can enjoy a gorgeous new space without any extra stress.
2. Purchase Sealer
If you have chosen natural stone, have the right sealer on hand. Natural stone countertops, such as granite, marble, basalt, soapstone, and quartzite, need to be sealed in order to prevent staining from dropped food or spilled drinks. To avoid issues with your counters, invest in a high-end sealer and have the appropriate sponges or dust-free cloths available. As soon as the counters are installed, seal them if the installation team doesn't do it for you. If they do, you will have extra sealant on hand for completing the job the next time the process is scheduled.
3. Clear the Path
Don't run the risk of your countertop installation being delayed because you have bulky furniture in the way. Before you have your counters installed, clear the path carefully to make sure that installers won't be delayed on the day your counters go in. Check the width and height of doorways and move pieces of furniture, such as entryway tables or kitchen barstools.
In addition to taking care of those simple tasks, contact your countertop installation professional to ask if there are other tasks you should take care of to prepare for the appointment. This is particularly important if you are not currently living at the home since you may have to go and unlock the home beforehand.