The short answer, yes. The kitchen is the heart of every home and is a primary space driving your home’s value. According to a Ramsey Solutions study, 80% of homebuyers placed the kitchen as their top three most important spaces. If you plan to sell, it’s not necessary to completely remodel your kitchen, instead consider a smaller investment like upgrading countertops to make a serious impact.
Natural Stone or Quartz?
Whether you choose natural stone like granite or quartzite or man-made material like quartz, the upgrade will be effective. While the initial installation may seem like a costly expense, when it comes time to sell your home, you will see your home sell much more quickly and at a higher price than if you had laminate countertops.
Granite countertops are both durable and beautiful. Since they can last in homes for decades, many buyers will love the fact that they have been set up with countertops that they don’t have to worry about replacing any time soon. Homeowners love that granite is scratch, stain, and heat-resistant, which makes it practical countertop material.
Quartz is another wonderful option to instantly modernize your kitchen and is known for its low maintenance. In their most recent trends report, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) cites popularity of quartz as on the rise, particularly within the last five years. Although quartz is less heat-resistant, you can find an extensive variety of colors and patterns to fit your overall kitchen design.
Maintain Your Countertops to Preserve Value
Taking care of your countertops is extremely important to maintain the value of your kitchen. We recommend sealing your natural stone countertops every six to twelve months depending on traffic use to keep your stone resistant to staining. It is also important to avoid harsh chemical cleaners for daily cleaning. Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. You can learn more countertop care and maintenance tips here to ensure beautiful countertops for years to come.