Kitchen Countertops and Selling Your Home

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Summer is upon us and that usually means a hot real estate market!  2017 is no exception with home prices continuing to rise. If you are thinking of selling your home, here are a few tips that will help get it sold. Yes, kitchen countertops make the list! 

Declutter

The best place to start is decluttering.  You want a potential buyer to feel like they could live in the space. Therefore, taking a more minimalist approach to your decor and putting belongings in a storage until will do wonders. It not only makes the home appear larger, but more valuable as a purchase.   If you don’t know where to begin, you can always hire a home stager to assist with the project and below is a check list of things to consider: 

  • Seasonal clothing, blankets, and linens
  • Reduce the number of pillows and throws in your decor
  • Reduce the number of knickknacks on your kitchen countertops and shelves   
  • If your curtains cut out natural light, remove them
  • Keep only a few family photos on display

 

Curb Appeal

First impressions are so important.  Make sure your lawn is freshly manicured and the exterior of your home is clean and inviting. Purchase a planter with flowers and a new welcome mat for the front entrance.

Also, make sure your drive-way is not cluttered with cars, toys, or garbage receptacles.  Take the minimalist approach with the outside just like you do on the inside. 

 Little Details Go A Long Way

Lighting, cabinetry hardware,  paint, hand towels, and yes, even fresh baked cookies all have an impact on on how a buyer views your home.  

Fresh flowers make this already stunning kitchen more welcoming!

With lighting, paint, and cabinetry hardware, make sure you are consistent with the overall look and feel of the home.  For instance, do not purchase an ultra modern light fixture for the kitchen when the home is traditional.

 As for paint, choose a light neutral color for all the rooms of the house.  This not only makes the rooms appear larger and more unified, but enables the potential buyer to visualize their belongings in the space.  A light greige color is a very safe choice!

Little touches here and there like new hand towels, fresh flowers, and baked cookies help to make the house feel more like a home.  You don’t want a walk-through to be hampered with the smell of last night’s dinner or the garbage disposal.

The Kitchen is still the Most Important Room of the House

And lastly, the kitchen is still the main draw for homebuyers.  If you are going to put  money into the home before resale,  focus your budget here.  As discussed,  the little things like paint, new hardware, and lighting can update a room, but the kitchen needs more of an investment.  New cabinetry can be costly so updating the kitchen countertops is more cost effective.

Right now, granite, marble, and quartz are the most popular choices for kitchen countertops in both new construction and home renovation.  Remember to play it safe with your color choices.  You want the countertops to flow with the architecture and style of the space. If you have difficulty making a decision, a countertop design consultant can assist you with the project.

“The most important room in the house is the kitchen. Nothing stands out more to a buyer than the countertops. It is almost always the first thing buyers comment on as they walk into the home. Regardless of the price, buyers expect granite or quartz countertops in the kitchen and master bathroom these days.  I’ve had many buyers declined visiting an otherwise beautiful home because it didn’t have solid countertops.  Matthew Schwartzhoff, Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International Realty

Quartz countertops kitchen

Quartz countertops are on the rise in popularity for Home Buyers!

  • Our kitchen looks awesome!

    “I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience Mike and I had with putting in our granite counters last week. We had never done a make-over before, so when my husband suggested putting in granite counters I groaned.  Little did I know at the time how smooth and painless everyone at Premier Surfaces would make it. Every encounter was extremely professional. Our kitchen looks awesome and I really appreciate having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. If we ever decide to do anything like that in the future we will use definitely use Premier Surfaces.”

    Mike and Janet

  • Done right the FIRST time!

    “I walked in on a Friday, and was surprised to see just how busy they were — always a good sign of how a business is doing. In the process of waiting my turn, a number of people asked if I had been assisted yet. Customer service isn’t something you get in most places these days. I walked around their facility and really got a different feel compared to how I felt at other granite shops. The selection was great, everyone was friendly, and they took the time to teach me about the differences in quality for all of the chioces of a fabricator out there. The professionalism, friendly and incredibly knowledgable staff set them apart from the other “competitors”. My kitchen looks beautiful and the investment in my home was well worth it to have it completed correctly THE FIRST TIME. I will be upgrading a few bathrooms in the future and can’t think of any other granite fabricator I’d rather use.”

    -Maggie