How New Kitchen Countertops Can Increase Your Property Value
When looking to increase property value, homeowners often head towards the kitchen or master suite; these two spaces are essential in any future home buyer’s decision so any investment into the space is likely to pay off. The kitchen is an incredibly important factor in a home buyer’s decision, so investing in kitchen renovations will undoubtedly pay off in the long run. While many remodels will focus on switching out appliances or painting cabinets, we can’t overlook the countertops! Countertops are a focal point of the space that set the tone of the kitchen and add aesthetic value and class to the space. Replacing kitchen countertops is a great chance to add to the aesthetic value of the kitchen while opting into a material that will be durable and low cost to maintain.
Granite countertops are an incredibly popular option for remodels and have come to give kitchens a perceived look of elegance and class. When granite countertops first became popular in the 1980s, they were so expensive that they were out of reach for everyday people. However, throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s there were advancements in technology and increased production that made granite countertops more accessible than they were previously, leading to their rise to popularity.
Materials to Consider
All things aside, if a kitchen still has laminate countertops, it’s time for an upgrade. Solid surface is a great and durable option that is affordable and resistant to popular cleaning products. Quartz is another great option, as it is a blend of natural stone and synthetics that make it quite durable without any polishing or sealing. While homeowners may think that high quartz countertops cost will make the option less appealing, there are actually many affordable options. Finally, copper countertops are an option that is less popular but makes the kitchen feel incredibly unique and stand out among other homes a buyer may be looking at. Even better, copper is naturally antibacterial and a great surface for food. When you do land on a material, it may also be a good idea to replace the kitchen faucet and sink to suit the new style of the kitchen. Small inexpensive additions like a pull out spray faucet or hot water handle can add value to the space without placing a large cost on you.
Consider Comparable Homes in the Neighborhood
In order to determine if expensive countertops will be worth the investment (and to decide the magnitude of which you’re going to upgrade), designers recommend that you consider how the other kitchens in the neighborhood are equipped. If the cost of the countertops is going to outshine the increased value you can put on your home, it’s probably best to opt for a more cost-effective option. Additionally, consider factors such as how full marble countertops may look out of place in a lower-priced home without updated appliances. If a full kitchen remodel is not in the cards, it is best to pick countertops that suit the style of the rest of the home.
The countertops are the focal point of the space, so any investment is going to pay off in the long run as you add to the kitchen’s aesthetic and practical values. While other home renovations such as weatherproofing windows, installing home handrails, or updating appliances will also make a difference, the countertops set the stage for the most important room in the home.
Jordan Swift is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Jordan is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.