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Question DetailsAsked on 6/16/2011

What kind of kitchen countertops should I buy?

I am thinking about having laminate countertops installed. I don't want to invest the money for higher end counters because my house is at the top end of resale for this neighborhood and I won't recoup my money.

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    I had two different "independent" roofers do work for me in the past and they both did a fine job. I personally feel the "independent" boys gave me more detailed attention to my problems as opposed to the "big boys" who simply approached my little house as just whimsy on the road to the bigger commerical projects and/or who thought I was a stupid broad who didn't know any better and could be taken for a ride re: cost. But that's neither here nor there.

    The only concern I'd have for someone who works out of his house is making sure he's covered re: insurance, etc.

    You don't want him suing you because he gets injured and doesn't have adequate coverage. And you certainly don't want him wrecking your home, only to find out getting him to repair his damage would be like squeezing water from a stone.

    Answered 9 years ago by Chastity1053



    Although this individual is recommended by Angie's List subscribers, you might want to check with your state contractor's licensing board, business licensing agency, or BBB. Working out of his home, he incurs less overhead expense and can pass along that savings to you. I would request proof of current liability insurance.

    Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


    Hi karenk !

    You said you found the person after searching Angie's List....did the reports on his work move you toward using him or away?

    You seem to like his eight years' experience. And, it didn't really seem to bother you that he has recently started his own business because his references were good.

    If reports in Angie's List were good, if the references are good and if you like his eight years' experience.... are you going to walk away because he sees a home in his rear-view mirror when starting his day rather than something that looks more like a business building?

    After all, you are considering hiring the person - not the building.

    Sounds like you are being thorough in your research. If you would hire him except for the fact that he worked from home, then it sounds to me like you've found the guy you want. After all, most of his tools are hand tools with some that could sit in a garage and he can order/pick-up materials on the way to your home. What's the need for a building in his case anyhow?

    Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch

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