Countertops add value
Quality countertops are not a fad
For well over a decade, homebuyers have been showing their love for high-end countertops. Many homeowners don’t start thinking about spending money on updates and upgrades until it’s time to put up a “For Sale” sign, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that one question homeowners frequently ask is “should we put in granite countertops?”
Can a countertop add value?
That depends on the material. Standard ones, the kind you’ll find in cookie-cutter new home construction and on the shelves at your local Home Depot or Lowes are laminate- a composite material covered in a decorative paper and melamine coating.
Laminate counters are definitely at their prime during the first five years of their life (or until someone forgets to use a cutting board) and are prone to nicks, cuts and burns by regular use or accident. With careful use, they can look great for decades, but very few make it through a growing family without taking a hit or two.
Even a new laminate counter many not add the value you would expect since it’s the bare minimum that buyers expect. Solid surface and stone countertop options are considered to be definite upgrades and tend to add value because their function and lifespan are so appealing to Buyers.
An alternative to a full kitchen reno
Most homeowners dread tackling kitchen renovations. The thoughts of spending tens of thousands of dollars and living without a functioning kitchen for a week or two can be overwhelming-emotionally and financially. The good news is that it may take you longer to select a new countertop than it will take to have it installed.
Just like other renovation projects, the more prepared you are, the better. Perhaps that new granite counter will be best served with a new under-mount sink, and that sink will look more beautiful with a new faucet and maybe, that faucet is going to need new plumbing.
You may want to accent your new countertop with trendy backsplash and perhaps even a new slide-in range. The key is to make a plan and set a budget, keeping in mind that the final result will be well worth it.i
Buyers love quality countertops
There’s absolutely no doubt that decor and staging will help sell a home. However, one of the more long-living trends I’ve seen over the past decade in the Hamilton real estate market is Buyer attraction to quality countertops like quartz, granite and brand names like Corian and Caesarstone. And, it doesn’t matter what the price range of the home is, buyers, seem to be willing to look past other issues when the kitchen and baths have awesome countertops.
At first, I thought it was a whole kitchen thing happening, but I don’t believe that’s the case. It seems like refurbished, painted, or even original cabinetry takes on a whole new life once adorned with a high-quality counter.
Enjoy your countertop investment
At $60 or more a square foot, decking your kitchen out with quartz, granite or one of the other materials may seem to be an expensive option, especially if you’re going to be moving out of the house sooner rather than later. But then again- why wait until you’re filling packing boxes? Select the right product, and it’ll look just as good five years from now as it does the day you have it installed. The real value may be in you get to enjoy your investment.
Countertops & Technology
If you’re going to start shopping for counters, make sure you check out Dupont’s charging stations- one of the solid surface technologies we’re bound to see more of in the future.
Speaking of HGTV- their 13 favourite countertop materials
Check out the difference in countertop materials at Popular Mechanics!