Connecting Colorado Neighbors-The Foerster Team: Lessons Learned: Blue Countertops

Lessons Learned: Blue Countertops

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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Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Foerster • February 22 2017 11:18PM



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

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Great Article! Thanks

Posted by Golden1 Agents over 3 years ago

Great advice for all homeowners... Happy Day

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 3 years ago

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!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago

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

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

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.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

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!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 3 years ago

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

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 3 years ago

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


Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 3 years ago