As a Kitchen Designer I get this question on a daily basis. Jan & Barry are right in both regards. If you are simply putting a solid surface counter(acrylic or granite) on old out-dated or worn out cabinetry then its almost throwing good money away. Everything else would detract from the beautiful new counter tops. Barryâ€™s price estimates are a pretty good rule-of-thumb in most of the southern U.S. Another consideration if your home isnâ€™t in the $200K category would be WilsonArtâ€™s High Definition laminate, its not your grand-motherâ€™s laminate. Additionally, in certain locations you may even be able to get an under-mount acrylic sinks in laminate counter tops now, along with amore/ogee edge profiles.
In my opinion if youâ€™re in a property value is over 150k itâ€™s a good Idea, over 200k itâ€™s a great idea, and if youâ€™re in the $250 range it is a must. Anything under 150k will help sale the property faster but don't expect to recoup the investment. Give me a call I am in the area I would be glad to preview your property and give you some ideas and we can even take you to preview other properties in your price range to see what they have done and how you stack up to your competition
A local real estate professional would be able to best advise you on this. It is a difficult topic to comment on without knowing the home and what it has to offer. There are many factors that contribute to value that a local agent would be able to take into consideration.