If you are having new cabinets installed, it is best that they be installed and anchored before the countertop contractor visits for the templating of your project.
You might find a contractor willing to template prior to final installation but it is not advised. Small positioning differences between anchored vs. unanchored cabinets can undermine the quality of your final countertop installation.
You can also hire countertops installation experts in Austin & Central Texas.
However, if you are keeping your current cabinets, you might want to consider doing a little demolition work yourself. By removing the existing countertops yourself, you can save money.
Keep in mind, though, if you allow the contractor to remove the countertops and something gets negligently damaged they will have to repair or replace it. If you damage your own cabinets, any savings from doing the demolition work yourself may be lost – not to mention the frustration that you will feel!
As granite is a natural product, each piece is different in appearance coloration. For this reason, it is best if you personally pick out the slabs that will be used for your countertops. Different patterns and color variations can be loved by one person and hated by another.
Be proactive and avoid an installed countertop that you love except for that "weird spot over by the stove". Any reputable installer will be happy to help you pick out slabs for your countertops.