What to ask your natural stone contractor

When planning the replacement of your kitchen worktops, you will need to choose the type of stone, the colour, finish and several other design factors. You will also need to choose the right contractor for the installation. When making your selection, there are several questions you will need to ask potential candidates.

Talk to your contractor about additional features like backsplashes and edges. Remember that the final aesthetic appeal does not only depend on the stone itself but also the extras that make all the difference.

When you meet with the contractor to discuss the stone, finishings, and installation, you should make sure that their estimate is free. Since you want to ask for at least three different quotes, it won’t be too cost effective if you have to pay for each one.

Ask the contractor for references so that you can find out exactly how reputable they are and, while you’re at it, ask about proof of liability as well as insurance for worker’s compensation.

Before you sign and make any agreements, you should make sure that every part of your agreement is detailed within the terms of the contract. Even the smallest detail needs to be documented so that you have a leg to stand on if any discrepancies occur. Communication is extremely important before and during the installation so be sure to keep this in mind.

It’s not just about the money. You should also ascertain just how long the job will take to complete. If they agree to complete the job within a certain time frame and they fail to do so, you might be entitled to a discount on your bill or some other form of compensation. Once the installation is complete, ask the contractor how to care for your stone worktops and maintain them so that they look great for as long as possible.