A stylish, updated kitchen can give a significant advantage to people looking to sell their home. Granite or quartz countertops can quickly enhance a kitchen and home’s perceived quality. Just about everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. In Kansas City, laminate and Corian countertops are fine if your selling in a less expensive market. For anything in the midpoint and above buyers want granite or quartz countertops.
The cost for new countertops in the Kansas City area depends on the size of your kitchen and the material you choose. Granite generally starts at a slightly lower price than quartz; once you get past the starting price, they pretty much parallel each other on price. Granite begins at about $45/square foot installed, and quartz at about $55/square foot. The lowest price for granite and quartz may not be the best choice considering the whole reason to upgrade them is to enhance the sellability of your home. Aside from the price for new countertops, keep in mind that you will also need to pay to have the old countertops removed, the plumbing reconnected, a new faucet and sink. If it’s in your budget, a new tile backsplash can also make a big diﬀerence!
When selecting your granite or quartz, you should take into account the overall look of your kitchen and what’s popular in your market. Neutral colors and subtle patterns will appeal to the largest group of buyers. If you have natural wood cabinets, consider warmer tones in your countertops. For white or grey painted cabinets, white quartz with veining similar to marble. Warmer greys “greige” with veining are popular right now.
Think about the return on investment. You could easily spend over $100 per square foot on a high-end granite or quartz that potential buyers would not appreciate or realize was so expensive. There are plenty of attractive, fashionable colors and patterns at the mid-price point. If you go too cheap, you are likely to end up with a product that does little to enhance your home’s selling potential.
If you’re getting new countertops to sell your home, you should go with quartz. At this point, quartz has about 70% of the market; this will appeal to a larger group of buyers. There are quartz countertops that look like marble; some look like granite and of course, your classic quartz look. The most significant advantage of quartz over granite is its stain resistance and non-porous surface, which is a bonus aside from appealing to potential home buyers!
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