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$1K to add a soap dispenser to my kitchen counter as an upgrade.

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$1K to add a soap dispenser to my kitchen counter as an upgrade.

Is this industry standard? The price seems so ridiculous to me. Can it be done after closing?
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It seems like a lot, but (and I'm assuming you mean drill a hole in the granite/quartz) at least that way you have a guarantee that it will be just right when you take possession of it. You could get someone to do it cheaper but they may not be able to guarantee that the material won't crack etc. and then it'll be up to you to fix it.

As an aside - personal choice and all - but once you do, you can't undo. I have a "built in" soap dispenser that the previous owner did, and I really wish it wasn't there. Never used it - don't even know what 'bottle' fits it, and never really felt the need to mess with it.
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We just went through builder upgrade this month. We paid $175+ tax for that. Our rep told us we just need to purchase the soap dispenser from them then they will drill the hole for that for “free”. Ours is a quartz countertop.

I find the $1k is excessive. However, finding someone just to drill a hole on the counter might be challenging or expensive depending on the material of the counter. Worst part is no guarantee on the integrity of the counter if anything happens.
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Can be done after, you need 1 1/4” diamond hole saw, a drill, patience and about 10mins per hole.
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Thanks I figured that price was crazy.
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I had quartz counters installed in my new build home after we closed. The installer drilled the facuet holes on site.

Makes a bit of dust so have your central vacuum nearby as you drill.
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lamin wrote: Can be done after, you need 1 1/4” diamond hole saw, a drill, patience and about 10mins per hole.
+1, did it myself with a cheap but from Rona for a filtered water dispenser. No dust as you go slow with water. $1k is an insult.
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JayLove06 wrote: Is this industry standard? The price seems so ridiculous to me. Can it be done after closing?
Yes it is industry standard... to rip you off lol
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JayLove06 wrote: Is this industry standard? The price seems so ridiculous to me. Can it be done after closing?
Find a contractor in the Yellow Pages.

They'll drill a hole into the countertop and hook up the device for you.

Getting the builder to do it is burning money. Extremely overpriced!
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What about a water filter? Builder or after move-in. Builder charging $1400. Craziness.
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For that price, you can buy a proper drill and the hole saw.

Like the other poster said, it’s a 10 min job. When I did mine, I put painters tape over the drill spot and mark the spot

You can keep the parts afterward.
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JayLove06 wrote: What about a water filter? Builder or after move-in. Builder charging $1400. Craziness.
Osmosis water filter?
get it after moving, (depending on what you choose) you can buy one from $300 - $700
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Keigotw wrote: Osmosis water filter?
get it after moving, (depending on what you choose) you can buy one from $300 - $700
My only issue is drilling into the counter. I don’t want it to crack.
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You can buy a descent slab of Quartz for that price, lol...that is insane

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