If you are in the market for Natural Stone Countertops, make sure you do your homework on pricing before committing to a contract. It is very hard to resist the pricing that is advertised at the big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's. Remember what your parents told you when you were young, "if it appears too good to be true, it probably is".
The game that is commonly played at these stores or at some smaller fabrication shops is the promotion of countertops for a square foot price. When you see an advertisement for countertops starting at 29.99 per square foot, people immediately think they are in the for the deal of the century. What they don't realize is that in most cases, this is a starting point for the fabrication, but they will then proceed to charge "a-la-cart" for all the various extras line item by line item. You will pay only 29.99 per square foot for your Kitchen, but let's not forget about the additional charge for the edge profile by linear foot, the charge for the sink cutout, the cooktop cutout, the faucet hole drilling, the tear out of your existing tops, the radius charges, the mileage, etc, etc, etc. At the end of the day, what appeared to be a deal ends up costing you retail.
In the 20 plus years of owning a fabrication shop, I personally have never played these games. We have a straight forward procedure for pricing based on the scope of work presented to us. In fact, there are many times that customers have visited my showroom just after getting a price from the big box stores and my price ends up being less than theirs....which proves my point.
After all, these big box stores don't have their own fabrication shops in the back of their buildings. They typically use local fabricators to do their work. On top of that, you know both the fabricator and the big box store have to make money on the deal.....so where on earth can the incredible savings come from ?
If you are considering Natural Stone Countertops, please don't be fooled by some of the promotions that you see. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is what the total price of the job costs, not where the starting price is.