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Think New Kitchen Countertops to Boost Your Home Value

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Product review
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Itching to update your kitchen? Start with the countertops. Next to the kitchen cabinets, the countertops are one of the most important elements in the room. By switching from an old, worn laminate to new laminate or even granite countertops, you can score big on the home value scale.

Which Kitchen Countertop to Buy?

If you read all the real estate ads, you’d think that granite countertops are the only option. While this shiny stone countertop can make a big hit–and help with your home value–there are plenty of other options. In fact, many new laminate kitchen countertops can give you the look of stone at a fraction of the price. Also look at the whole range of materials, from wood to stainless steel. Here’s a look at the various kitchen countertop materials.

Kitchen Countertop: What’s Your Style?

When you buy a new kitchen countertop, you’re not just picking out the material and color, but figuring out the overall style. Do you want a beveled edge or clipped corners to make the aisle seem more open? The decisions and the overall finished product can have an serious impact on your home value. After all, the kitchen is key from a resale perspective.

Replacing the countertop can be a big plus, as noted by Lendingtree.com. The investment factor is considered “moderate to high,” which means it’s important to maintaining and even improving your home value.

The Right Contractor for Your Kitchen Countertop

As you peruse kitchen countertop styles, spend some time interviewing contractors. You want a contractor who understands the various materials and how to troubleshoot issues such as uneven wall edges. (You need to taper the countertop to fit.)

In the end, look for a pattern and style that is so attractive, it stops you in your tracks. Now, that’s a way to boost your home value.

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