Understanding Countertops and Their Role in Attracting Prospective Buyers



By Keith Loria

As the heart of the home, the kitchen is typically a major selling point when prospective buyers view homes and decide to move forward with an offer. In addition to updated appliances and open floor plans, countertops are a crucial element that can’t be ignored. With a variety of materials, colors and textures to choose from, choosing the perfect countertop can be a daunting task.

If you’re ready to replace the counters in your kitchen, but not sure where to begin, here’s a rundown of the various options you have to choose from.

One of the most popular—though expensive—options for kitchen countertop material, granite is available in numerous colors and shades of green, black, white, red, blue and brown. Granite countertops should be treated with an impregnating sealer to ensure that there are no small cracks that will harbor bacteria.

Plastic Laminate. A durable, hardwearing countertop surface with matte and fine matte finishes, plastic laminate is available in a variety of colors and patterns.

Quartz. Offering much of the same look that stone yields, quartz requires much less maintenance. Quartz comes in numerous vibrant colors and patterns that echo granite and marble.

Soapstone. A natural stone option available in greenish black or gray-green, soapstone is the least expensive natural stone for countertops. Not only is soapstone porous, it needs to be sealed with mineral oil to reduce stains.

Slate. A dense stone that comes in subtle colors such as green, gray, red, purple and black, slate is a softer stone that can scratch easily, however, scratches can be removed by buffing with steel wool. Slate also comes with a soft matte sheen.

Kitchen countertops are also available in synthetic solid surfaces, which are made of acrylic, polyester or a combination of both. They are resistant to stains and scratches and can be renewed and repaired.

If you’re looking to make a splash with your kitchen prior to a sale, redoing your countertops is a great way to grab a potential house hunter’s attention.

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