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Sjewett, Home Seller in 01420

We're remodeling our kitchen. Hardwood floors, new stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets. Should we buy laminate or granite countertops?

Asked by Sjewett, 01420 Fri Jul 23, 2010

We would prefer granite but several friends have suggested we won't get the cost of the countertops returned when we sell the house because of the area we live. Is there any truth to that?

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It sounds like your creating a wonderful space for yourselves! Future buyers will notice and appreciate the granite counter tops. I have yet to tour a home with potential buyers where they have said, "Oh look how lovely the laminate counter tops are!" Kitchens and baths sell homes... make your space stand-out tastefully from the masses. You deserve the best, go for granite.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 27, 2010
You should get what you LIKE! It is your kitchen, is there are none others like it, it will help the property sell whenever you may want to sell it. Most home improvements do not ever recoop their cost other than painting.

It you want it, get it. And, by the way, the project sounds really great! You should post a photo of before and after so we can all see.

Also, I did a kitchen remodel once and used sylestone rather than granite. It was a little less cost and less maintenance and still a "stone" top.

Debbie Albert, PA
Coldwell Banker Residential
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 27, 2010
Laminate is fine for a more modest house. Granite or solid surface counters are the way to go with higher end homes. It is like getting cloth seats in a 7 series BMW. You can do it, some people may like it, but most people expect leather!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 27, 2010
KItchens are the hearts of the homes in any type of properties from condos to large estates, granite is a very nice looking element. If you want to use a granite for your enjoyment it will help you to sell little faster than any other countertop options. I am not sure about your area, if you can get your money back or not but granite is popular in every area lately, if you can get affordable granite counter top from the outlets, you will cut your cost drastically.

Goood Luck and enjoy your new kitchen :)

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 26, 2010
Granite will sell your house faster. See about getting it from a discount place. A place where there might be a imperfection or if it is a small space for a larger order that broke. Solid surface is nice too, but there is class "A" which looks cheap and the class" D" which you might as well buy granite. While they can do wonderfil things with laminate these days its not granite. A nice kitchen is always a good seller.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
You do not get the total cost of ANY repairs back. However, you do become the property of choice very often because of them. At your local building supply store price granite squares and see what granite they have. There are different levels of granite and a modest level will help you appeal to more buyers.

Debbie Albert, PA
Coldwell Banker Residential
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
In general, granite is the way to go. It is one of the most popular requests from my buyers. If you're renovating for your own personal enjoyment, by all means, go the granite route. It will last forever (if cared for) and is a beautiful look for a kitchen.

When you sell in the future, it will be a great selling feature.

If you are renovating now for immeditae resale, then I would do a little more research with regard to the recent sales and the current market competition. If they don't have granite, then you may be OK going laminate to save some money. You'll still get an advantage by having "brand new" laminate.

Stacy Carter
Home Appreciators Real Estate & Renovations Team at
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
I find that buyer come to expect solid-surface counter tops once you start breaking $500K. So if you're at $450 or above (Thinking you'll be in that market in 3-5 years), I would seriously consider it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
Kitchens and bathrooms are often most important to buyers. It is not easy to pinpoint the money you will get in return. You should do what will give the best first impression. There are some homes that it seems "forced" to have granite. It should match the quality/style of the rest of your home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
This question is relative to resale value. I myself, chose laminate -- you always have to protect laminate or it will scratch but it never has a potentiality to become porous. You never see granite in a medical facility, for example -- and the cost is not the factor.
Granite is more durable and does not need to be protected as strenuously as laminate and has a high resale value.
As far as guaranteed over-all bacteria count -- the laminate will, if kept protected (don't scratch or burn) will win. It is totally a matter of personal choice -- and, in the end, if you plan on remaining in the house for a few years, you should do whatever makes you comfortable --- It's not time to give up your home and start thinking about how good it's going to sell at this time.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
A lot of home buyer's get really excited when they see granite in the kitchen. Since buying a home is such an emotional act, a lot of times that countertop may really stand out in their mind and make the difference. Since you are already committed to renovating the rest of the kitchen, I would encourage you to choose a countertop finish that enhances the other finishes. I would be cautious of the money you are spending up front, possibly choosing something in the middle, like solid surface countertops. There are so many great alternatives out there that are similar to granite. Many of them have anti-microbial surfaces and do not stain as easily as other surfaces. A lot of buyer's right now are loving quartz countertops which give a much more modern look.

In the end, you will get the money back for having a fully-renovated and upgraded kitchen. Remember that kitchens really do sell houses!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 23, 2010
Laminate and granite don't seem to be that much of a cost difference unless you have a really big space.
It is true that buyers in certain price ranges do not expect certain upgrades that other buyers do expect.

Granite, Sileston, Corian and butcher block (try Ikea, great value) are more appealling to buyers who cook. Laminate burns easily.

Good luck, and I usually suggest upgrades in kitchens than anywhere else.

Karen McCormack
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