While there are many ways to update your home, one of the best ways to do so, while ensuring a positive return on your investment, is to start in the kitchen and bathrooms. Many people who are looking to buy a home are most concerned with the condition of the kitchen and bathrooms. While these are the two most expensive areas of the home to remodel, they are also the two areas that usually provide a 100 percent return. One of the easiest ways to update a kitchen or bathroom and really make them standout is by replacing old countertops with some high quality granite countertops.

Granite is one of the most durable products available on the market today. It is heat and scratch resistant, requires very little maintenance and will last as long as the house does. It comes in a variety of colors and, because it is a natural stone, each of the granite countertops is unique and adds a little more character to the home.

If you live near the quarry, you can usually make an appointment with your contractor to go pick out your own slab and make sure you get the coloring you like best. If you plan to use more than one slab, it is wise to choose all of them at the same time. Stone from the same area of the quarry is more likely to have similar coloring than stone from different areas. If you wait to choose more slabs at a later time, it may be difficult to match the coloring and veining of the original stone.

Granite countertops may be one of the best ways to update your home and get an almost guaranteed return on your money if you decide to sell. If you are doing it for yourself, granite is still an excellent option that you will be able to enjoy for as long as you live in your home.