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If you're smart, resourceful and willing to spend a little extra time, you can most likely find a great deal on discount granite countertops to give your kitchen a clean, modern look and increase the value of your home. You can save even more money by installing the counters yourself after purchasing, although you can usually have them installed at a relatively low cost by an independent contractor or even the company from which they were purchased. Let's take a look at some of the most effective ways buyers can get their hands on discount granite countertops for the least amount of time, effort and money.

Before You Begin the Search

Look at websites, magazines and books to figure out exactly what type of granite counters you want before you begin looking for a discount. Familiarize yourself with typical costs, so you'll know when you're really getting a good deal. You can also check first at home improvement retail stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot to get a good idea of the types of granite available, although you may want to skip purchasing them here if you're on a budget. These stores usually have the highest prices and you can most likely get a much better deal elsewhere. Use these stores as a point of reference to help you decide what you want and to determine a common starting price point.

Online Granite Countertop Discount

Look online first for the best possible deals once you've decided what you're looking for. Remember, the less picky you are, the more likely you are to get a good deal. Search for companies in your area (or as far as you're willing to travel) that provide granite countertops to consumers. Many times these companies have websites that allow you to browse their selection, and some will even list prices and available discounts. Compare the companies and find those with the lowest prices. If no prices are listed, email the companies and ask for a quote. Quotes are typically free and will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay.

Used Furniture Stores and Thrift Stores

Looking at used furniture stores, thrift stores and sometimes even auctions can yield discount granite countertops at much lower prices than retail. If you have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore or similar facility near your home, check there for low cost building materials. Many times, home owners donate their old kitchen counters (and many other furnishings) to these stores to be resold for much less money. If you live near large thrift stores that sell these types of materials, check there and let the staff know you'd be interested in purchasing granite counters if any become available.

Check Classified Ads and Online Ads

If you have the patience, checking your local paper's classified ads and online ads like Craigslist can pay off. Often times, individuals will sell discount granite countertops on these sites for very little. You can also place your own ad to let prospective sellers know you'd be interested in buying. Make sure to list exactly what you're looking for to avoid confusion. This method may take longer, but it usually yields the best results if you can wait.

Word of Mouth

One of the best ways to get discount granite countertops is through an individual who is remodeling their home and getting rid of old counters. Let your friends and relatives know you're in the market and someone may be able to help you. Put an ad up on the bulletin board at your local home improvement stores and hardware stores. If anyone is remodling their kitchen and planning to throw away their previous granite countertops, they may be willing to sell if they know someone is interested.