You’ve lived in and loved your home for many years but for whatever reason it’s time to put it on the market. You’ve had the Realtors come in and let you know what they would list it for and what they think you need to do to stage your home. You’re considering many of their suggestions but there’s one suggestion you just can’t imagine, replacing your kitchen countertops with granite.

Updated KitchenWhy do Realtors suggest granite countertops in the kitchen?

On average, potential buyers spend more time evaluating the kitchen than almost any other room in the home. If the rest of your home has fresh paint and nice finishing touches then chances are good the buyer is looking for a move in ready home and not wanting to do any updating. Formica countertops are considered dated and often show wear and tear after a short period of time bringing down the overall appeal of your kitchen. As the potential buyer looks around they make notes of what they like and what they would have to spend to make a home what they need or want it to be. If the dollars they see that they need to spend add up too quickly, your home will be passed over for another on the market.

How to choose?

Everyone does have different taste and there’s no guarantee a potential buyer is going to like what you like. However, if you choose a neutral color and pattern that goes with the décor in the kitchen and any rooms that adjoin it, the buyer will see a tasteful modern kitchen. Most stone works contractors will make suggestions from what they have in stock and a good one will steer you away from trendy and expensive options.

What is the return on investment?

It’s true that you probably won’t get 100% ROI on your new granite kitchen countertops, however, if you upgrade yours to fit in with the rest of the homes in the neighborhood, you should see at least a 75% return on investment according to DC Home Buzz. In addition to the return, your house will show better and therefore should sell faster.

Ultimately replacing your old kitchen countertops with granite countertops is a decision that only you, the homeowner, can make. Be sure to ask yourself before starting the project if you are willing to wait for the right buyer with your kitchen as is or if you would like your home to show better and likely sell faster. Remember, many families’ “must have list” includes granite kitchen countertops. Just remember to stick with a neutral color and pattern and don’t outspend for the neighborhood.

Modlich StoneWorks is happy to provide you with a free estimate and advise you on the best granite pattern and style for your home. Our selection of in stock slabs provides you with many cost effective options and a quick turnaround time to install as we don’t have to rely on another supplier to ship and cut your granite. Fill out our estimate request or give us a call in our Columbus location at 614-276-2848 or our Cincinnati and Dayton showroom at 515-942-5678.