Assuming budget is an issue and you want to get the most bang for your buck...
Would you recommend sellers invest in granite and stainless appliances in an otherwise outdated kitchen. For instance, say a seller has old, cheap cabinets. Perhaps they've painted them white (or whatever) so they look better, but they're still old and quite frankly, cheap. Or maybe they are the type that were popular in the 80's - those white with wood trim ones (we've all seen them) Would you still recommend putting expensive granite on top of them?
I ask this question for no particular reason other than I'm curious what others think. To me it seems like such a waste of money if the original cabinets are ugly and most likely would be removed in a kitchen update. I'm conflicted because I know buyers like granite and stainless, but would it be better to spend the money on new hardware, paint, nice formica type counter tops (they have some good selections nowadays), a decent looking floor, etc. For me, I would feel like I was stuck with the dated cabinets just to save the nice granite counters. I'd rather have a less expensive, but nice looking kitchen that I wouldn't feel guilty about ripping out when the time came. However, I don't want my personal opinion to influence my recommendations to a client should the occasion arise.
So, what's your opinion?