Staging Kitchen: Part 2- Kitchen Counter Tops
Most will agree the kitchen is the main focus to most buyers. It’s the heart of the home. When your friends and family come to visit, where do they all want to congregate?
It’s always the Kitchen!
Since it is such a high priority for most homeowners, it makes sense to put a little extra money into the room to encourage buyers and gain a higher selling price. But how much is too much? This guide will help you determine where to think about investing your cash for the best resale value.
In my last blog post we talked about Refacing cabinets. The pluses and minus of Paint, Veneer or replacing cabinet doors.
So what’s next… Counter Tops
The quickest zero-cost fix for most homeowners in the kitchen is to clear the counters of absolutely everything. Give it a real good cleaning, top to bottom. This instantly makes it look like you have miles of counter top when you may only have a few square feet. So this is the best place to start.
But before we get to that point…let’s take a good look at your counter tops.
Asses your counter top: Is it in good shape? If you have tile counter tops check to see if it has nicks, cracks, grout issues, etc.? Here’s a link on cleaning your grout and different grout issues you may have fix grout issues.
The picture above is a beautiful kitchen and I would not change a thing. But there are nice tile counters and there are sad tile counters…you know what I mean!
If you have pink tile or any tile that is so out of date or damaged you really should consider replacing it.
Let’s look at some options that you will get the best return.
Tired out of date tile counters
The common response if you do need to be replace your counter tops is to go with granite, if possible.
Fun Fact: Potential home buyers love granite, and adding the keyword “granite” to your listing could help you sell your house 38 days sooner for 4 percent more. True!!
Granite counter top
Let’s look at other options: Quartz (engineered stone) vs. granite (natural stone).
This is not an easy decision, because the distinction between the two countertop materials isn’t apparent. After all, quartz and granite are each loudly touted by their respective manufacturers as being purely natural, straight from the Earth, hard as stone.
What’s the price difference?
A slab of granite is usually priced starting at $60 a square foot but the prices rise quickly from that point on. For quartz counter tops, you’ll generally be paying anywhere from $67 up to $95 per square foot. For a 28 ft.² counter made of quartz you’ll have to budget for approximately $2200 – $3100
Fun Fact: Let’s compare value. Quartz” saw a 6-percent sales pr boost premium where homes with “granite” only saw a 4-percent boost in sale price.
Pros and Cons:
Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish. Granite comes in many different colors and patterns due to the way it’s formed (cooling and solidifying of molten materials). Whether you’re looking for a subtle complement to your kitchen or a standout slab with unique mineral inclusions, there is an almost limitless selection to choose from and no two granite counter tops are the same.
But what if you have terrible tile counters and granite or quartz is just out of the question. What are your options?
Think about Butcher Block! It’s making a big come back in recent years especially on islands! Inexpensive and much better than tired tile!
Butcher-block countertops is made from strips of hardwood glued together, and is usually constructed from hard maple, but can be made from other species like walnut or cherry. Butcher block is both attractive and functional, allowing you to chop fruits and vegetables directly on it. To find a butcher block counter top supplier, check out IKEA, as well as some online vendors and even local carpenters.
Fun Fact: Did you know that homes boasting Farmhouse Sinks can fetch nearly an 8-percent sales premium!
If you’re installing new counters, a new sink might be needed as well. Consider Farmhouse! Farmhouse Sinks also called Apron Sinks have quickly become one of the hottest sinks out there. They can sit atop the counter or under mounted. They come in white, stainless steel or even granite.
Whether you chose stainless steel over mount or under mount, porcelain or cast iron, or if you can keep your existing sink make sure it’s free of stains and chips.
If you have a porcelain sink with chips, repair them!!
Check this out…
“The Magic porcelain chip fix repair is a two part epoxy paint to repair tubs and sinks. It fills and repairs unsightly chips and scratches. It is easy to apply on sinks, tubs and tiles surfaces and can be used on porcelain, ceramic and enamel. It is self-leveling and produces a high gloss porcelain-like finish.”
Here’s a u tube link to watch as well so check it out. Porcelain sink repair
Now last but definitely not least…
An updated backsplash is a quick and easy investment to add visual value to your home. These days you needn’t carefully plan a tile pattern; in fact, you shouldn’t if you are simply trying to update your home for selling -— leave those intricate details to the new owners.
Fun Fact: In Kitchens, back splashes with subway tiles are a beautiful and classic design feature that are sure to catch a buyer’s eye. Homes mentioning subway tiles in their listings sold for nearly 7 percent more than expected and 63 days faster.
So now your kitchen cabinets are done, counter tops are either replaced, cleaned and grout repaired. We’ve talked about sinks and backsplash.
Everything including your oven and stove are clean from top to bottom.
Next Blog Post
Staging Your Kitchen: Part 3 -Let’s decorate!
And if your need anything…we’re always here for you!