Asked by Rob, SF Bay area • Thu Jun 19, 2008
Knowing we may potentially move soon and need to sell... Our kitchen has 90's style honey-Oak cathedral cabs (solid wood doors, though) and ultra-cheap (but good condition) sky blue laminate counters. Is it worth it to put better counters (like granite or other "in" stone) over honey-Oak these days? Or leave as-is and set a slightly more attractive listing price? We can't afford to rip them out and put in new cabs. If we did put in granite, we'd likely paint cabs white or espresso first. Just looking for personal opinions from potential buyers, or agents who are seeing any trends. Are buyers going to dish out any extra cash for granite if Oak is underneath? This is California, not the Midwest. Our small Cali kitchen would run about $6-8k for new granite counter/labor. Would the Cali buyers just plan to rip out the new granite because they can't stand the Oak (like me!) ? The rest of the home is updated, so the Oak kitchen is a downer. Will take all opinions - thanks!
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