John added a real sobering view of the situation. A granite counter does not fix an obsolete kitchen.
Be aware also that a buyer in the $600,000 up range does not want to see a speck of laminate countertops. In Naperville that limit may need to go up.
Like others have pointed out, and Jackie did so in CAPITAL LETTERS, some buyers will reflect, "I have always had granite but this countertop will do just fine!"
When i entered that home that still had the wheels attached, and they had granite, that's when the petals fell from the rosel
Depending on the vision of the Naperville community, my guidance would be to prepare the kitchen for the next 15 years. Integrated spaces, composite organics, formed counters and everything the woman touches must be luxury quality.
The shame of the whole story is. the owner does not get to enjoy the investment which is the primary qualification of invedsting heavily into a home......to enjoy the investment. Often that enjoyment is the ONLY return on the investment.
Best of success to you
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL