article image For so many homeowners, the cost of remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is the biggest obstacle standing between them and their dream home. Did you know that you can cut some of the cost out of your home design project by doing some of the work yourself? Many contractors will charge extra for things like removing existing fixtures, disconnecting and reconnecting plumbing, and even disposing of old cabinets and countertops. You can save hundreds on countertop estimate cost in Cumming with these do-it-yourself tips from the experts at Atlantis Granite and Marble.


Safety First

Before you start your in-home demolition, there are a few things you need. Safety goggles are a must for any home remodeling project to protect against flying debris. Leather work gloves are preferred especially when handling power tools, pry bars, and hammers. Always wear closed-toed shoes to prevent an injury that will definitely put a halt to your project. Before doing any heavy lifting or physical activity, stretch and warm up your muscles. Use good judgment and self-awareness. Never push yourself to perform a task that you are either unsure of or unqualified to do. That is where a professional contractor comes in handy.


Waterworks

One thing you can do to lower the cost of your installation is to remove your sinks, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures. First, locate and shut off your water supply at the source. Then, open your faucets to allow any excess water to drain from the line. Shut off and disconnect the supply lines underneath your kitchen sink. Place a bucket underneath the lines to catch any water remaining in the P-trap. Locate the clamps under the countertop that hold the sink in place and loosen them. Sinks that sit on top of your countertop will have caulk between the surface and the lip of the sink. Carefully wedge a putty knife between the lip and the countertop to break the seal of caulk around the edges of the sink. If everything has been disconnected, you should be able to lift the sink directly up and out of its hole.


article imageCountertops

Removing countertops usually call for two or more people to help with the heavy lifting. Check under your countertops for any screws holding them in place. This is especially important if you plan on keeping your existing cabinetry. Once the screws are removed, carefully wedge a pry bar between the underside of the countertop and the top of your cabinetry. Pry the countertop up and away from the cabinets. With the old countertops gone, your contractor can come in a make the template for your new countertops.


Cabinets

To remove cabinets, make sure they are completely empty. This includes removing any hardware like pull out drawers, internal shelving, and built-in lazy susans. Next, remove the doors and handles. For wall mounted cabinetry, carefully unscrew the cabinets from the wall while you have at least two people hold the fixture steady. Once the screws have been removed, the cabinet should come free. For floor mounted cabinets, remove the baseboards with a pry bar, then any mounting hardware underneath. If you are careful during this process, your cabinets should come out without a scratch, which is important if you want to make a few extra dollars. Try putting your old cabinets up for sale in your local paper or online classifieds.


Follow these tips to save money on countertop installation costs in Cumming and other remodeling expenses.