Quartz countertops can be absolutely stunning but can you afford one? In order to help you decide whether you can go ahead now and purchase the quartz counter of your dream or whether you should continue on saving for one, we have put together a helpful guide.
This guide will help you get a general idea of what you can expect in terms of costs when it comes to the purchase and installation of a quartz countertop.
The product versus the installation
When it comes to getting an estimate or price quote for a quartz counter it can be extremely frustrating and confusing. One distributor will offer you a price that includes the installation while another keeps it separate. As well, quite often you’ll have to ask whether the installation is built into the price you are being presented or not. Some companies will give you a price quote for the quartz slab only and then tell you later once you have decided to go ahead with the purchase that the installation is extra.
It’s important to compare apples to apples when you’re shopping around for quartz countertops in order to get a realistic comparison of the costs. In order to do this effectively, you’ll want to get a quote from companies that include the following:
- The price of the slab of quartz
- The cost of installation
- What’s included in the total price (leveling, edge fabrication, seam joining, fixture cutouts and a sink cutout should automatically be included with the cost of the installation)
Getting your quotes sorted out so that they all reflect the same type of cost estimates will save you a lot of effort. When you are receiving these quotes, let the company know that you need everything broken down in a simple way so that you can compare quotes. Let the business know that their quote won’t be considered unless it is done in a specific manner.
Averaging out the cost of counters
Quartz Price Summary
Quartz costs $50-$100 per square foot including installation. A modest sized countertop of 54 s.f. will be $2,700-$5,400. Silestone is usually the most expensive but Caesarstone, Zodiaq, and Viatera are cheaper.
Updated: September 28, 2016
Here is a general average of what you would have to pay for a new shiny counter for a space that measures a total of 54 square feet:
- Basic quality: $2,900 – $3,250
- Better quality: $3,200 – $3,600
- Best quality: $3,550 – $3,900
- Cost of installation – $150 – $280
Average price per square foot
- Basic quality: $61.50
- Better quality: $67.43
- Best quality: $72.50
There are also a lot of variables that can come up when you’re ready to proceed with your purchase. For example, if you want to add a backsplash, it will cost you extra. You may also have to pay more for detailed edge fabrication or for a thicker slab. As well, contractor rates can vary from one season to the next and you may have to pay up to 15% more for complex installations.
How to make a quick estimate on your own
Here’s an easy system you can choose to get a quick estimate of the cost for a new quartz countertop:
- Measure the countertop space you need by measuring the total length and width in inches. You can then make the conversion into square footage once you have the numbers.
- If you have a triangular area on the counter you’ll need to add this in as well. Measure the length and width of the triangle and then add them up and divide the total by 2.
- Add up all of the triangular, rectangular and square parts of the countertop in terms of square footage to arrive at an overall total.
A new countertop will cost you between $50 and $100 per square foot. If you have a countertop that is 27 ft.² your cost for a countertop would range anywhere from $1350 up to $2722.
Save even more by shopping during the low seasons
The best time to get a deal on installing countertops is during the low seasons when other people wouldn’t dream of shopping for a new counter. Christmas is the perfect time of year to make a purchase while others are out and about doing their Christmas shopping. You may be offered a discounted price, find a super sale going on or be offered some special perks and added bonuses for buying at this time of the year.
Sales people in this field don’t get a lot of business during the holiday times since most people tend to put off their countertop shopping until the holiday seasons have quieted down. Since a lot of the sales people do work on commissions, you may just be offered a special deal that you simply can’t turn down!
Be on guard when it comes to getting quotes
Any time you invite somebody into your home in order to get an estimate for a new quartz or granite countertop, you can expect a heavy sales pitch to come with it. The free estimate is going to probably involve listening to a salesperson trying to get you to sign on the dotted line right away. You may be offered a “buy now” special that will expire when the salesperson leaves.
Be very wary of these sales pitches. Get your estimate and then tell the salesperson that you will contact him with any questions or if you are ready to go ahead with the project. You’ll want to have a minimum of three good quotes in your hand that you can examine thoroughly to figure out which one is the most cost-effective. This examination should be done without any salesman overlooking your shoulder and trying to convince you to buy the brand (i.e. Silestone or Cambria) that his company is offering.
Are You About To Make This Common Budget Busting Blunder?
Go ahead and guess how may estimates most homeowners get. If you said one, you’re right and the majority of them are getting ripped off.
Maybe they were told that contractor was the best. Or they just didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle.
But when it comes to the overall cost of quartz countertops, you can save quite a bit of money with some smart comparison shopping.
Expert Tip: As a general rule of thumb you should get quotes from a minimum of 3 different contractors.
The hard part isn’t finding them. The phone book and on-line listings are full of them. The hard part is getting them to return your call. If you manage to get them on the phone so that you can tell them about your kitchen remodel they’ll usually make an appointment to come check it out. But then half the time they don’t even show up. When that happens you can just cross that guy off the list of potentials.
What happens is that during the conversation they decide whether it sounds like they can make enough money on the project for it to be worth their time. If they figure it’s not they’ll go ahead and make an appointment with you that they don’t intend to show up to. It would be a lot nicer if they would just make a habit of being honest and saying no.
Where To Get Cheap Quotes
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