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Price to replace a kitchen counter-top in Switzerland

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I'm a student living in Switzerland. In the apartment I'm living, there are three small burn marks on the kitchen counter-top. (One is about 1cm in diameter and other two are smaller than that). And the owner wants us to repair the damage.

The type of the counter-top is "laminate" (Thin plastic paper type). The area of the counter-top is about 20 square feets and it has a hot-plate and sink in the middle (20 square feet includes the sink and the hot plate).

So I would like to know?
1. Could this be repaired or would require to replace the whole laminate cover ?
2. In each of the cases, how much would it cost ?

Thank you in advance
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I'm a student living in Switzerland. In the apartment I'm living, there are three small burn marks on the kitchen counter-top. (One is about 1cm in diameter and other two are smaller than that). And the owner wants us to repair the damage.

So I would like to know?
1. Could this be repaired or would require to replace the whole laminate cover ?
2. In each of the cases, how much would it cost ?
A picture says a thousand words you know!

Laminate repair is going to be tricky - and the landlord my insist on it being replaced - which could cost thousands. How old is the kitchen?
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A picture says a thousand words you know!

Laminate repair is going to be tricky - and the landlord my insist on it being replaced - which could cost thousands. How old is the kitchen?
It's an apartment building. The owner subleased his apartment to us. The kitchen is fairly new.

Do you mean 1000-2000 or 4000-5000 range ?
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Re: Price to replace a kitchen counter-top in Switzerland

Most of these tops are pretty inexpensive at DYI stores in Germany. Try Obi in Waldshut or Horbach in Binzen. They are typically screwed on, but will need to be cut precisely, and then sealed around the edges with acrylic or silicon.

If you can find a suitable material, and a shreiner in Germany, you can potentially save a lot of money. I think you can get this done for under CHF1,000, normally.
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Most of these tops are pretty inexpensive at DYI stores in Germany. Try Obi in Waldshut or Horbach in Binzen. They are typically screwed on, but will need to be cut precisely, and then sealed around the edges with acrylic or silicon.

If you can find a suitable material, and a shreiner in Germany, you can potentially save a lot of money. I think you can get this done for under CHF1,000, normally.
You mean 1000chf if I do it in Switzerland or purchase stuff from Germany ?
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Most of these tops are pretty inexpensive at DYI stores in Germany. Try Obi in Waldshut or Horbach in Binzen. They are typically screwed on, but will need to be cut precisely, and then sealed around the edges with acrylic or silicon.

If you can find a suitable material, and a shreiner in Germany, you can potentially save a lot of money. I think you can get this done for under CHF1,000, normally.
Are you talking facts or giving an opinion?

If I was the landlord I'd want a like for like replacement and want to ensure it was properly installed. Worktops can be a right royal pain in the backside to get fitted to a high standard
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You mean 1000chf if I do it in Switzerland or purchase stuff from Germany ?
The laminate countertops are pretty inexpensive to buy in Germany. So you can buy the material there. But you'll probably need someone to cut and mount it properly. If you go to Hornbach in Germany, you'll find a board list of independent kitchen builders and carpenters. Many of them can travel to Switzerland to work. This depends on the size and complexity of the countertop.

Look through the Hornbach or Obi websites for Germany. Look for countertops, and see if you find the appropriate material first. Then find someone to install it for you.

Since you asked about price, I am assuming you are looking for a cost effective solution. Since you did ask about Switzerland, you can also look at Swiss prices for the materials, on the Swiss websites.
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Re: Price to replace a kitchen counter-top in Switzerland

Here, look:
http://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Kuechen-...ikelliste.html
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Re: Price to replace a kitchen counter-top in Switzerland

Thanks for the link Phos.
So the material won't even cost 20chf. The cost would be the labour and all the other things required to do it.
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Thanks for the link Phos.
So the material won't even cost 20chf. The cost would be the labour and all the other things required to do it.
Hmmm, sounds a bit low. You need to measure what you need and what size the materials are available in. There may be corners and edges you need to consider. The material can be cut. But yeah, this isn't high end material, and may suit what you need for your apartment.

And then it comes to labor cost. You can find a local who is will to work on your material, find someone in German. Lots of German kitchen builders work in Switzerland.

You can find handworkers on a couple of Swiss home renovation websites. Unfortunately, I can't recall the website addresses for them now. Perhaps someone here might know.
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Hmmm, sounds a bit low. You need to measure what you need and what size the materials are available in. There may be corners and edges you need to consider. The material can be cut. But yeah, this isn't high end material, and may suit what you need for your apartment.

And then it comes to labor cost. You can find a local who is will to work on your material, find someone in German. Lots of German kitchen builders work in Switzerland.

You can find handworkers on a couple of Swiss home renovation websites. Unfortunately, I can't recall the website addresses for them now. Perhaps someone here might know.
Ok, I'll try to find. My concern is the sink and the hot-plate. They might need to remove it put the material and that might increase the labour cost. Anyway I'll post what happens.
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Re: Price to replace a kitchen counter-top in Switzerland

The second method cannot be used because what I have is not "High Pressure Laminate" but just "Laminated" plastic cover on top of the cement.
But I hope the first method would work.
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Ok, I'll try to find. My concern is the sink and the hot-plate. They might need to remove it put the material and that might increase the labour cost. Anyway I'll post what happens.
So for the sink, fixtures and stove, a hole typically needs to be cut precisely into the material. Best done by an experienced carpenter/kitchen builder with the proper tools and experience.
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So for the sink, fixtures and stove, a hole typically needs to be cut precisely into the material. Best done by an experienced carpenter/kitchen builder with the proper tools and experience.
Any idea about how much it would the labour cost ? Sorry about these vague questions. I'm waiting for my owner to send the estimate for the repair and I'm pretty worried it would exceed 1000chf.
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Any idea about how much it would the labour cost ? Sorry about these vague questions. I'm waiting for my owner to send the estimate for the repair and I'm pretty worried it would exceed 1000chf.
Not really, as it all depends on who will do it for you. A typical hand worker in the Zurich area is more expensive than another from the French part. Someone from Germany is even less. You might find a kitchen firm do to it for you, and then they may just as well send you someone from Portugal.

I believe there are some people on EF who do this sort of stuff. There are also a few websites where you post the job, and people bid on doing it for you. I just can't recall the address at the moment. If it comes to mind, I'll post it here.
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Hi,

I'm a student living in Switzerland. In the apartment I'm living, there are three small burn marks on the kitchen counter-top. (One is about 1cm in diameter and other two are smaller than that). And the owner wants us to repair the damage.

The type of the counter-top is "laminate" (Thin plastic paper type). The area of the counter-top is about 20 square feets and it has a hot-plate and sink in the middle (20 square feet includes the sink and the hot plate).

So I would like to know?
1. Could this be repaired or would require to replace the whole laminate cover ?
2. In each of the cases, how much would it cost ?

Thank you in advance
Do you not have liability insurance? This is typically the type of thing that will be covered by that.
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Any idea about how much it would the labour cost ? Sorry about these vague questions. I'm waiting for my owner to send the estimate for the repair and I'm pretty worried it would exceed 1000chf.
It probably will!!
A picture of the damage will help!

You may want to dig around and see if you can find who installed the kitchen - if it is an IKEA one it will be cheaper to repair the worktop - if it a high end place it won't be.

A day's labour should also be budgeted - which will set you back 1,000chf.

There is no point looking at the Hornbach surfaces unless you have the full specs of the original.
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Re: Price to replace a kitchen counter-top in Switzerland

Also bear in mind the official life of the surface is 15 years; if they have to replace it you are only responsible for the remaining lifespan.

May not help much if the flat is really new, but even if it's 5 years old it would save you a third.

https://www.mieterverband.ch/mv/miet...ertabelle.html

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So you mean, I directly contact the agency ? The owner subleased the apartment to us.
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