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Granite Installer - Good Choice - Review by Jana C | Advance Granite & Marble

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Granite Installer - Good Choice 9/7/2006

My friend had granite countertops installed last weekend, a project I assisted him with. I wanted to post a review for the granite installation company we worked with. Name: Advance Granite & Marble Location: Seattle area Contact: Konstantin Aslanyan Number: 206.349.1884 / 425.430.4208 Facts: Insured & bonded Recommendation: Highly recommend if you don't mind doing a bit of work yourself...but in the end, you save a ton of money. Overview: Konstantin was very easy to work with. He obviously works very hard & long hours to keep a successful business running. He fits people in very quickly and will work nights/weekends to adjust to your schedule. He was at least 30% less than most places we had bid. He makes no money on the granite & only makes you pay what he had to pay to buy it. Most places (Lowes, etc) mark-up their granite 50% at least. The process went as follows: Consultation - comes to house to review area needing granite, measures & provides free estimate Selection - select the granite by visiting his shop in Seattle or letting him know the name if you already selected a granite color Cutting - Over the next 7 days, Konstantin & team will cut your granite & prepare for installation Installation - They arrive at your house & for most jobs are done within one day Payment - He takes half up front to buy the granite & half when done (he will accept cash or check) Entire process from end-to-end: 2 weeks What I wish we had known prior: *Home owners have to remove the old counters themselves (wasn't too hard) *Home owners need to cut & lay the plywood base for the granite themselves (we actually bought the plywood and had a hand saw available and had Konstantin do it, so this is flexible) *Be very clear up front what fit & finish Konstantin will do. They made some small holes in the wall due to needing to lower a bar and we had to patch & repair *He doesn't clean up need to deal with all the dust & clean-up *He won't hook up your sink or garbage disposal (they are not licensed for that). Have a plumber ready to go once the install is done. *If re-hooking up the sink/garbage disposal yourself, take a picture of what the piping/hook-up looks like before you un-hook it so it is easier to put it back together once the install is done. more
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