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brit1
updating kitchen questions
brit1

We are retired and don't want to use too much savings. We will put our house on the market probably next year. Frankly the kitchen would look great with the wall knocked out and extended into dining area but we cannot afford all that. Our countertop needs replacing, which material will stand up to use the best but not be too expensive? I have a double sink and faucet that I would like to replace, due to hard well water I don't think the new faucet/spray type is worth purchasing though. I just want to spruce things up so it looks better. brit

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Formica counter tops will be the least expensive. There are many patterns available and it is very durable. I agree to stay away from a sprayer faucet due to hard water issues, I'd also recommend you go with a stainless steel sink and chrome faucet so that you can scrub with comet and stainless steel wool pads to keep the hard water build up to a minimum. Keep a towel handy and dry the sink and faucet regularly will help to minimize water spotting.

As for other upgrades, if you are planning to sell next year, then keep your repairs and upgrades down to the necessities. Choose your replacements wisely so as to get good, durable use, yet will remain good looking for years to come. While tearing out the wall between kitchen and dining room might make the place bigger and nicer, you won't likely recoup the cost of the work at time of sale, unless your property values are jumping a thousand or two dollars a month.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

You can just leave the kitchen as is and let whoever buys your house make the changes, and price your house accordingly – a little lower than comparable houses with nicer kitchens. If your cabinets need replacing then do not bother with a new counter. The new owners will just toss it when they update the whole kitchen.

If you think a few updates will help your house move faster on the market, then consider a nice laminate counter with a new sink and good practical Delta faucet – doesn’t need to be fancy. Formica / laminate is very durable and many homes have laminate because many people can’t afford granite or quartz. Laminate is very durable and easy to care for. Some laminates mimic the look of granite or quartz.

One thing that will really help you sell your house is for it to be supper clean and de-cluttered. Fresh paint helps and take down dated curtains.

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