Countertops add value

the value of quality countertops

Quality countertops are definitely not a fad

For well over a decade, homebuyers have been showing their love for high end countertops.  When you consider that many homeowners don’t start thinking about spending money on updates and upgrades until it’s time to put up a “For Sale” sign, 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. They’re definitely at their prime during the first 5 years of their life (or until someone forgets what a cutting board is for) 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 probably be best served with a new faucet and maybe, that faucet is going to need new plumbing. You may want to accent your new countertop with new back splash and perhaps even a new slide-in range. The key is to make a plan and set a budget, keeping in mind that the end result will be well worth it.

Buyers love quality countertops

There’s absolutely no doubt in this Realtors® mind that decor and staging definitely helps sell a home, but one of the most fascinating 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. Seems like refurbished, painted or even original cabinetry take on a whole new life once they’re capped with a high quality counter.

Enjoy your countertop investment

At $60-$90 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 in the near future. But then again- why wait until you’re moving? Select the right product and it’ll look just as good 5 years from now as it does the day you have it installed. The true value may be in you getting 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!







5 thoughts on “Countertops add value

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  2. Just to share my opinion, I dont even know if its good or bad but when it comes to counter tops i am just sucker for Quartz and cant help it, but i do thing you can get good value from it if you want the more expensive stuff and to last more…

  3. I was adamant about getting the countertops for my house that I wanted so I searched about it. I knew that it would help me in driving the price of my house upwards when I sell it.

    • Granite/stone counters and under-mount sinks have almost become a “must-have” or required “up-date” these days. Do they still add value? When I wrote this article, they added value; now, I’d say not having them might take away interest. Today’s buyers, if they can afford it, tend to select a home that has granite/stone counters in the kitchen and baths over one that doesn’t, even if the price reflects the difference.

      There are plenty of reasons why consumers gravitate to granite/stone counters, especially the ones that are non-porous; they resist stains, cuts, heat marks, and sanitize easily. They look great and last forever.

      So, consider replacing your counters with granite as a regular “maintenance” item to keep your home current and updated. That doesn’t mean ripping out your old counter-tops right away, instead, include the replacement of your counters with granite/stone when it’s time to give your kitchen a refresh.

      Remember, plan well and have a budget in place. It’s not just as simple as replacing your counter. Are you going to keep your old appliances? What kind of under-mount sink do you want? What changes do you need to make to your plumbing? How about the backsplash?

      I hope you enjoy your new counter-tops and kitchen update!

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