In today's economy, home improvement has become the best way to increase the value and marketability of your home without putting yourself into financial trouble. By making smart investments in home improvement, you can double or even triple every dollar you put into your home improvement projects at sale time.
Getting the Most Home Improvement Bang For Your Buck
There are probably plenty of improvements you can think to make in your home to increase its value. But if you're selling your home, your goal is likely to invest in home improvements that will raise the value of the home beyond the amount that you invested. Time and again, replacing kitchen countertops has proven to be one of the most cost effective ways drastically increase the resale value of your home and make it more appealing to buyers. And unlike other home improvement projects that can take weeks or months to complete, replacing kitchen countertops can be done in a very short time for surprisingly little money.
A homebuyer's decision to choose one home over another often comes down to the kitchen. A desirable kitchen not only brings a higher resale value to a home, but can also help you sell your home faster. Countertops get gouged, scratched, burned, and stained, leaving the entire room looking drab and less attractive. Because people prepare the food that will feed their families on these materials, a worn out, dirty-looking kitchen countertop can be a real turn off. Replacing kitchen countertops brings a fresh and clean new look a dramatic boost to your home's resale value in a single afternoon.
Materials Make The Difference
Quality kitchen countertop materials offer a more appealing and desirable look, they also last far longer than other materials -- something that is very attractive to homebuyers who are already investing a great deal in a home purchase.
Kitchen countertops can be made of natural stones, such as granite, limestone, marble or soapstone, or they can be made of wood, glass, stainless steel or synthetic materials such as Formica, engineered quartz, and acrylic plastics such as Corian, Avonite and Meganite. Countertops are also made of tile, terrazzo, and epoxy or cast-in-place resins.
Using well-known brands such as DuPont Corian and Zodiaq, LG Hi Macs and Viater, IceStone and Caesarstone offer a selling point to potential buyers as they tour your home. These companies have stood the test of time and have proven themselves to be long lasting and resistant to damage.
Shopping Online For Replacement Countertops
The internet has made shopping for replacement countertops as simple as looking up a phone number. Beware of underpriced 'box movers' -- these are websites owned by those that know a lot about building websites, but little or nothing about countertops. Reputable companies will provide you with an interactive quoting system to assist you in designing your new countertop, a wide selection of materials to choose from, access to live customer service, and enough of a selection to allow you to truly express yourself through color and surface options.
The business of countertops is a service business. Because your kitchen countertop will need to be custom cut and because you'll no doubt have questions, settle for nothing less than the best in customer service. The internet provides the convenience of reducing shopping and research time, but that doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice customer service. A quality company will display a prominent 800 number that gives you access to professionals just as if you were standing in the showroom speaking with a salesperson.
Replacing worn, scratched and discolored kitchen countertops can completely change the look of a home for surprisingly little money. Instead of disrupting your entire home for days or weeks on end and spending two and three times the contracted price for home renovations, kitchen countertop replacement is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to increase the resale value of your home.