Lessons Learned: Blue Countertops

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty Group

Lessons Learned: Blue Countertops

When you buy a new construction home you get to pick the cabinets, flooring, paint color, finishes, fixtures. You can go with the builder basics to keep costs down, or you can choose upgrades. All the decisions can be overwhelming. On the other hand, it can be a lot of fun "customizing" all of these things to make the house you are buying in to your HOME.

When we bought our first new construction home (now we are experienced, we've done this twice), we didn't do very many upgrades. We went very basic. Oak cabinets. Beige carpeting (with an upgraded pad). Vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. White walls, doors and trim. Brass fixtures. (It was the 80s.)

We didn't upgrade the countertops, we went with the laminate that was offered, but we picked out color. BLUE. Can you imagine? We both loved BLUE and decided to be bold. The counters in the kitchen and the downstairs powder room were BLUE. We were Realtors in those days and we didn't think about resale.

Fast forward. We've decided to sell our house with the BLUE countertops. Guess what we are reading in the feedback? We found out, not everyone likes BLUE as much as we do. We decided if someone asked, we'd be willing to replace the counters. Thankfully we found a buyer who didn't care what color they were.

Lesson learned. When you are making decisions about a new home or a remodeling project, think ahead. Will the next owner like what you've done, or will you end up spending more money later to make that buyer happy? 


Lessons Learned: Blue Countertops

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Rich and Donna Foerster

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Comments (9)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Now if they had been blue granite, they would have been spectacular.  One of the office buildings we represented had a medallion in granite in the lobby floor and one of the inserts was blue granite.  It is really gorgeous.  Wishing you an easy sale.  A

Feb 23, 2017 07:07 AM
Donna Foerster

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

It was 10 years ago and once we got the buyer who wasn't picky about the countertops it was smooth sailing.

Feb 28, 2017 06:49 PM
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Great Article! Thanks

Feb 23, 2017 07:15 AM
Donna Foerster

Golden1 Agents 

Thank you ladies!

Feb 28, 2017 06:50 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
New York, NY
The best Retired Brokers !!!!

Great advice for all homeowners... Happy Day

Feb 23, 2017 09:46 AM
Donna Foerster

Richard and Beth Witt 

I'm working on a series of lessons learned. 

Feb 28, 2017 06:51 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

You picked them because you both liked the color.  NOthing wrong with that.  We finish our homes to suit our taste and not always with resale on our minds.  People can always change these things out and maybe select yellow!

Feb 23, 2017 12:37 PM
Donna Foerster

Belinda Spillman 

I just want to caution folks to be careful when making decisions that could create challenges down the road.

Feb 28, 2017 06:53 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Donna - something that is going to cost money to replace is certainly worth thinking about.

Feb 25, 2017 08:24 AM
Donna Foerster

Grant Schneider 

Careful consideration.

Feb 28, 2017 06:57 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I am getting a new listing in a few weeks where the selelr has invested in Corain Green countertops. I know they cost a bundle but don't think many buyers are going to like them. The only thing to overcome something like that is price.

Jun 18, 2017 11:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I love your post! It's so thoughtful and honest! I currently still have my 1990 style white Formica which was a vast improvement from what I had but I wouldn't want white Formica again. I think our styles change and when people see new counter-tops at other people's houses and in stores, they always want something different. Blue could come back! At least you enjoyed it!

Jul 15, 2017 12:49 PM
Donna Foerster

Patricia Feager We bought our current house 10 years ago and we've been talking about replacing our kitchen counters. We have silestone and it's been great, but we're bored with the look of it!

Jul 26, 2017 11:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

At the bottom of the market I had a condo listing and it had Blue Quartz counters super expensive and could not sell it for the life of me.... no one liked it... so after I lost the listing I hated blue Counters too:))Endre

Sep 16, 2017 09:20 PM
Donna Foerster

Endre Barath, Jr. When we aren't in the business of buying and selling, or investing in homes, we just don't think about resale!

Sep 21, 2017 02:36 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Every decision I have ever made in a home (even long before I ever knew what staging was) involved the consideration of resale value.  


Sep 17, 2017 04:05 PM
Donna Foerster

Sharon Tara Before I was a Realtor, I did whatever made me happy and never thought about resale. In my first house we had ice blue carpeting!

Sep 18, 2017 03:57 PM