In order to check if your cabinets are level, structurally sound and scribe the contour of your walls the old counter-top must be removed prior to template. None of this can be done with the old counter-top in place.
Stone Masters offers that service as an option. We are experts at counter-top installation as well as removal. Some counter-tops such as laminate are usually quickly and easily removed.
Others made from tile, Corian, quartz or granite are more difficult simply due to the weight. In some kitchen designs the counter-tops are physically trapped underneath appliance garages and or other cabinets, tile or moldings. Removing counter-tops in these situations could require several men and the better part of a day.
The cost to remove counter-tops depends upon the size, labor, material and time it will take to carefully remove them.
A simple typical laminate counter-top removal starts at $299 (This includes capping plumbing)
Granite, tile, solid Surface (Corian and others) starts at $450 (This includes capping plumbing)
Counter-tops and back-splash made from laminate as well as tile counter-tops are custom quoted. Again, this is based upon the material, time and the number of men required to remove the old ones.