Now that I’m back from Europe, and the holidays have passed, Girl Ninja and I are full steam ahead in making our 1930’s cottage more homey. On Saturday I spent a solid hour with an electrician getting quotes on everything from, running electricity out to our carport, repairing damaged outlets, and adding recessed lighting from Hinkley Lighting. I was surprised to learn electric work is nowhere near as expensive as I would have anticipated. Quartz countertops, however, are a different beast.
If you recall, back in October Girl Ninja and I sanded, primed, and painted our kitchen cabinets. Here are some pictures of the process…
With the cabinets looking all purdy, it seemed only logical to explore the world of countertops. Full disclosure: There is nothing really wrong with our countertops. They are basic white tile and in pretty good shape for their age.
Although our current counters are okay, we really want Quartz countertops in our kitchen. Maybe something like this…
Yesterday we had an appointment with a counter guy.
We spent an hour or so discussing color, edging, amount of speckle, sink mounting, etc. He took measurements of our counter space and at the end of the appointment gave us a quote.$5,000 for our 50/sqft of counter space.
At this point I knew two things.
- I loved the thought of having quartz countertops.
- I hated the idea of spending $5,000 on quartz countertops.
Like the sucker that I am, I gave the green light. We signed some paperwork, gave a 50% deposit, and have our counters scheduled to be installed a month from now.
After the counter guy left, Girl Ninja and I spent some time talking things through. She asked me how I felt, I asked her how she felt.
Neither of us could really describe our feelings.
Late last night we had an impromptu family meeting on our full-sized bed (any other couples still sleeping on a full?). We talked through the pros and cons of updating our counters.
As we made our lists we both came to the same conclusion; as nice as new counters would be, we don’t need them.
Every other decision we’ve made on the house has been a no-brainer; new windows, new carpet, updating cabinetry, painting literally every wall and ceiling. For each of those projects we knew exactly what we wanted and never, not even for a second, wavered.
This counter situation was a different story. Neither of us could shake the uneasy feeling we had after signing the contract.
According to the document, we have to notify the company (by mail) within 72 hours if we want to cancel the contract and receive a full refund of our deposit.
Today I plan to do just that.
We totally let ourselves get caught up in the sales pitch. Don’t get me wrong, quartz countertops are likely in our future, but for now the tile will have to do. At least until we know exactly what it is we want, and get a few more bids to make sure we are getting the best deal.
You ever had buyers remorse immediately after buying something or signing a contract? Did you stick with the purchase, or renege like us?