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    What Type Of Countertop Material Should I Use?

    July 23rd, 2012
    This is certainly a common question.  The materials used are often laminate (Formica or melamine) Corian, ceramic or stone tile, concrete, quartz, granite, marble, sandstone, and even stainless steel in some cases.  Granite is one of the most common surfaces that provides both durability as well as beauty.  Granite is available in many colors and can be installed by many local companies.

    Should I Attempt The Upgrade Myself?
    In most cases the answer to this question is no.  There are some bathroom kits that you can purchase from your local hardware or home store which can be installed in a do-it-yourself fashion.  You will need the proper tools and a good level of experience to attempt such a project.  Many times it is best to call on the services of a local handyman or bathroom contractor to help with the work.

    Will Bathroom Upgrades Enhance The Value Of My Home?
    It is possible that a bathroom will help increase the value of your home.  Kitchens and bathrooms are two areas that homeowners spend money where they are highly likely to realize a return on their investment in a higher home value.  Historically, having upgraded bathrooms and an upgraded kitchen will usually help to achieve a faster home sale.  This can be of great advantage in a slower real estate market.  Regardless of any future value, upgrading a bathroom can help you to enjoy your home more as you live there. 

    How Do I Choose A Contractor Or Handyman For The Work?
    It is important to understand that you should receive multiple estimates/bids on the project that you have.  Don’t get lazy and only talk with one contractor.  Interview several different contractors and ask for estimates from all of them.  Review them and also let them know that you are speaking with multiple contractors and will entertain the most competitive bids.  This will help you save money on the project; possibly as much as 50%.
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