Willowsford Kitchen

Thinking about New Countertops?

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

If you are thinking of changing your countertops – either for resale or as part of a kitchen remodel, you may want to consider Quartz.  For more than a decade granite has dominated the kitchen landscape but that trend is beginning to shift.

According to the National  Kitchen and Bath Association, last year Quartz was favored over granite as the top choice for kitchen countertops. Marble has also been a leading countertop choice but many homeowners are turned off by it’s expensive price tag and “high-maintenance” properties.

quartz counter

This is from a client’s recent kitchen remodel

Quartz gives you that soft neutral look of marble without all of the upkeep. Not to be mistaken with Quartzite (which I know from personal experience can be just as finicky as marble), quartz is an engineered product composed of natural stone. It is a highly durable product that requires very little maintenance. There are many different styles and colors to choose from. The most popular manufacturers of quartz are Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone.  Quartz typically runs a little higher in price than granite but it less expensive than marble and quartzite.

If you are thinking of selling –  a simple countertop change could make a big impact in your home’s appeal.  A word of caution though – sellers should always consult a Realtor before making this kind of change just for resale. Your countertop taste may not be what today’s buyer is looking for. The wrong countertop decision could backfire with buyers.

If you are thinking of selling down the road (or ever) I’m always happy to discuss countertops and any other home improvements you are considering.

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