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Upgrading the kitchen is one of the most common home renovation homeowners make before selling their home. If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you may be wondering if splurging on granite countertops will add value to your home.
At Express Cabinet & Granite, we have put together some tips on when to upgrade to granite countertops and when Pittsburgh homeowners should leave their kitchen like it is. If you live in a home that you will eventually sell, it is crucial to carefully think through every renovation. In some cases, some upgrades will not improve your home’s value as much as you expect. Countertops are a standard upgrade in kitchen remodels.
Granite countertops are a popular option, but it is essential to understand whether the upgrade is worth the expense.
If you want to enhance your kitchen’s appearance without completing a full remodel, then upgrading your countertops is a great place to start. The average kitchen remodel costs around $23,000. The average cost for purchasing and installing granite countertops in Pittsburgh varies depending on the granite grade you are looking for and a number of other factors such as who you are going through and their markup.
One way that granite countertops would be worthwhile for your kitchen is to stay competitive in the market. If your area’s homes have beautiful granite countertops and are like your home, then installing granite countertops will help you remain competitive in your local housing market. This will also help offer the style that buyers in your area are interested in, which may help you sell your home faster.
On the other hand, if homes like yours do not have granite countertops in the area, you may not get the price boost you were hoping for. When considering upgrading your home, it is crucial to consider the buyers and your local market. Another thing to think of is that even if your home value does not get a huge boost, a feature like a nice new granite countertop can certainly make someone choose to buy your home over a house that doesn’t have nice countertops.
You also need to consider whether granite countertops will mesh well with the current style of your home. If your home is not updated or modern, then the countertops will be the most updated part of the house. In this case, you may want to skip on the granite countertop upgrade. Even in a home with a lot of charm and character, granite countertops can stand out negatively when you compare them to the rest of the home’s style, but as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Once you decide to install granite countertops in your kitchen, you will need to choose a color and a style of the countertop to flow with your home’s style. It is recommended that you select granite in a color and style that will remain neutral. This will help your kitchen look more polished and sophisticated. When choosing a granite color, take your paint swatches, flooring samples, and either a cabinet door or front of a drawer with you to make sure that the granite doesn’t clash against these elements.
We recommend choosing colors such as beige, black, gray, or white, depending on what your kitchen design scheme is. Check out our last post on Choosing Granite To Match.