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  1. #1
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    Default Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    We are going to be selling our home in the next year due to expanding family and not enough room. Our kitchen has black appliances, wood laminate countertop, and 1980's standard wood cabinets (the wood color on the laminate and cabinets are very different and clash together). I want to get the most bang for the buck. I am tempted to leave the countertops that goes up the wall and paint the cabinets. I repainted the whole house with a bright white trim and thought the cabinets would be nice this color, but don't know if that works with black appliances. My other option is to just revarnish the cabinets and do countertops and backsplash. I just don't want to drop a lot of money and not get it in resale. I don't know if I should do granite countertops or formica. Any ideas or what is the best for the market? I am so confused. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    First you have to define your goal.
    Which one is it:
    1. Sell the house quickly.
    2. Invest the least in the kitchen.
    3. Get the highest return on your investment.
    4. Do nothing, sell it "as is".

    When selling a home, you have to forget "what you like" and focus on what most people like, or can live with for the time being. What's accepltable to you may not be acceptable to the next person.

    Once you know your goal, you'll see that you don't us to tell you what to do.

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    Default Re: Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    DJ is right, you need to define your market, your homes value, and then weigh the cost/benefit/return on any improvements made to is.

    If you're selling the house I would NOT install stone tops, they're very expensive and you won't recoup the investment. If the counters are in good shape I'd leave them alone. I'd go for painting the cabinets if you must change anything. If you do it yourself it will cost next to nothing and it will give a fresh and more modern look to the room.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    Are the cabinets in good shape or would they need to be replaced at some point in the near future? If they are in good shape and the color is just out dated painting them will be a cheap way to freshen things up. I would skip changing the counter top though since most people who buy a house will want to change things anyway to add their own likes and personality to the house. If the counters are in tough shape though you could go with a cheep new laminate top just to make things look better. Good luck in your project and I hope you are able to sell your house quickly.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    If you can find the right price, granite countertops are great for people who are busy bees in the kitchen. Plus, if you found a cheap contractor to reface the cabinets, it'd be worth it, too. Although, my only question is how bad do the cabinets look? Would they give the kitchen an antiquated look, because some buyers love antique-style kitchen setups.

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    Default Re: Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    You can choose black or pink marble or granite countertop which will really look beautiful and classy with your ultra white painted cabinets.

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    Default Re: Replace countertops or paint cabinets?

    I would save your money and sell at a fair market price quickly! Most times people come in and are not happy with other peoples ideas of what looks good. Let the new home owner pick what they want. I would hate for you to waste your money and not see the return on your investment! Good luck!

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