Beware that like all home improvement projects, things can quickly spiral. You update one thing and decide another component is looking tired and in need of a refresh. Before you know it, you are replacing light fixtures, the sink, faucets, appliances, and more. Be sure to set your scope and budget up front, especially if the goal is to refresh your space before putting your home on the market. Stay in scope and get creative to keep your costs low. Start by shopping remnant sales at large natural stone fabricators to select your countertop. You can shop sample sales, close-outs and clearance for other materials and accents to get a show stopping kitchen without a show stopping price tag.
Before you embark on your project, consult with a realtor in your area to confirm your plans from a return on investment perspective. The questions you may want to ask yourself, or a trusted realtor would be:
- Do homes in my area have granite or other high-end countertops?
- Are the current comps in my market outfitted with updated kitchens?
- What is the condition of my current countertops? Do they warrant being replaced?
- Based on my home value and desired price point, what type of budget should I consider for a facelift or renovation?
You want to stay competitive in your market, but you don’t want to put more in than you can reasonably get out of your home. The key is to make it comparable and desirable to a potential home buyer.
Not Just for Kitchens
We’ve focused on kitchens for much of our discussion, but when it comes to using natural stone such as granite to increase the value of your home, the projects go beyond the heart of the home. You can just as easily refresh a bathroom countertop with granite. This is another area where shopping at a large fabricator in their remnant section could really pay off. When you have a smaller countertop and will be cutting out for the sink or even dual sinks you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to slab selection.
Bar tops are another area granite can shine and give an updated look to your in-home wet bar or second kitchen.
Home offices with built-in countertops can get a fresh and modern look with a new granite topper and painted cabinets.
Bathrooms, Powder Rooms and Laundry rooms are yet another area you can refresh using a remnant or even a leftover piece from your kitchen project. With a coat of paint, a new countertop and fixtures you can give a powder room a luxurious upgrade at a minimal cost. Knowing that bath and kitchen remodels can be some of the most costly upgrades to a home, this type of update can make your home shine in a potential buyer’s eyes.