Checklist to Prepare for Countertop Installation

Getting new quality countertops is very exciting. New countertops will spruce up your kitchen or bathroom making them more elegant and bright. You need to keep in mind that countertops are usually installed at the end of remodeling or the building of a new home; therefore, if there is still flooring, appliances, or cabinets that need to be installed, make sure these things are done before countertop installation. There are a few things you can do before your countertops are installed to make the process go more smoothly.


Before Measurement

·         Visit a few stores to select your countertop and get a quote.

·         Make sure a licensed and certified countertop installer visits your home to get the correct measurements and verify all of the details of your installation including date, expected length of project, and price including installation.

·         Make sure cabinets are installed, level, and secured to the floor or wall. If you are having cabinets installed on top of the countertop, these will be installed afterwards.

·         Disconnect and remove all existing countertops, backsplashes, sinks, and cook tops. (Removal of backsplashes is not required in all instances).

·         Make sure all appliances, sinks, faucets, soap pumps, etc are installed.

·         If possible, do not complete any painting, wallpapering, etc before installation of your countertops.

·         Ensure a person over the age of 18 is present during the installation to approve details and make decisions regarding the installation.


Before Installation

·         Your installer should call before the day of installation to confirm address, time, and date.

·         It is recommended that an electrician and plumber come to your home following installation to ensure all plumbing and electrical work is connected and working properly.

·         Expect to have noise and dust during installation. It is considered construction and this is normal.

·         Cover your entryways and vents to prohibit dust and debris from entering ductwork.

·         Make sure to have a clear path for the installers to access the area for installation.

·         Remove all items from your cabinets.

·         Move all fragile items such as lamps, vases, mirrors, etc., from the area to another room of your home to ensure these items are not broken during installation.


During Installation

·         Keep pets and children away from the installation area for safety purposes.

·         Make sure a person over the age of 18 is available during the installation.


What to Expect from Installers

·         Installers will install the countertops. If seams are required, they will determine where to place them to ensure the best appearance.

·         A standard backsplash will be installed. If you are having a high backsplash installed, your installation will be a two-part process and will be installed later.

·         Clean the installation area and leave the area in a “broom-clean” condition.

·         Go over the installation of your countertops and basic maintenance.

·         Explain the warranty information for your countertops. Make sure that you receive a card to fill out and mail to get warranty coverage.

·         You will be asked to sign a statement that you are satisfied with the installation and that it was installed damage-free.


After Installation

·         If you haven’t already done so, make an appointment for a plumber and electrician to come out and check the plumbing and electrical connections.

To preserve and protect your new countertops, it is recommended that you use cutting boards and hot pads for hot pots and pans. Avoid placing hot pots and pans directly onto the countertop.