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5 Countertop Materials You Can Afford

by Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES 06/09/2024

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you might need to choose new countertops. There are many choices, all with distinct advantages and disadvantages. Unfortunately, many of the popular options are expensive, which can make it difficult for homeowners on a strict budget. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable materials for countertops. Here are some of the best options:

Paint

The most affordable and simplest way to change your countertops is by painting them. No matter what your current counters are made of, there is a type of paint available to do the job. This is an effort-intensive option involving multiple steps, but the savings is significant compared to other materials. Try painting your countertops to give them a fresh look without replacing them.

Laminate

Laminate counters continue to rise in popularity and quality. With more advanced printing technologies, you can even mimic the appearance of stone or wood with laminate. While older laminate options were prone to scratches, newer versions are more impervious to damage. There are also several affordable sealant options to add further protection.

Concrete

Concrete is a perfect option for those who want the same cool and earthy feel of natural stone without breaking the bank. Concrete is a fraction of the cost of stone and much easier to install, which also helps keep the price low. You can even install concrete countertops on your own if you have DIY savvy. Also, the wide variety of stains and finishes for concrete means you have far more options than simple gray.

Tile

You can use tile for more than just your kitchen backsplash. For countertops, tile offers the same durability of natural stone for a much lower price point. Tile also gives you the chance to use colors and patterns for your countertops. Whether you want natural tones or bold, glossy colors, there are affordable tile options for every kitchen.

Wood

Wood or butcher block counters are affordable options for countertops with a warmer, rustic feel. There are many types of wood counters available, including bamboo and maple. You can add stains to customize the color or simply enjoy the natural grain of the wood you choose. While affordable and simple to install, wood countertops require regular upkeep. To make sure they look and work their best, you’ll need to oil them every few years.

These are just a few options to keep in mind when picking a material for countertops. All have their own advantages and drawbacks but offer significant savings compared to other popular materials like marble, quartzite or granite.

About the Author
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Ann Marie Damashek, GRI, CBR, SRES

Ann Marie Damashek has always been a natural at helping people prepare their homes for sale. She started out with a successful business selling goods for people on eBay. "Nine times out of ten they were hiring me because they were down-sizing,” Ann Marie says. "So I decided to get my license. I said, ‘Might as well sell their house too.’” The transition was a smooth one and for nine years she’s had a thriving full-time real estate business that allows her to marry her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for helping others. With an office in Larchmont, New York, she serves all of Lower Westchester County, with her primary market in the Sound Shore region. The majority of her business is "sphere of influence” with former clients referring her to friends and family. A gifted communicator, Ann Marie quickly builds trust and rapport with her clients by being both thoughtful and responsive; she understands that during the purchase or sale of a home, a quick response time is crucial. "I am very accessible,” Ann Marie says. "I always make time for my clients. They can call me, text me, email me up until 10 o’clock at night and I will respond. I’m available on weekends. I get back to people very promptly. I’m very customer service-oriented.” Her clients appreciate her professionalism, passion and enthusiasm and as a result her repeat and referral rate continues to grow each year. While selling real estate is serious business, Ann Marie knows that at times humor and a moment of levity can be a relief to clients. While she has a laidback and easygoing personality, she can be assertive when needed on her clients’ behalf. She loves being of service to them, and the continually changing nature of the work keeps her engaged and fulfilled. "It’s never boring,” Ann Marie enthuses. "Every day is different. That’s probably what I like most about it. But I also enjoy helping people sell or buy and educating them about the process. I love helping them achieve their goals.” This ethic of service has resulted in well-deserved recognition. Ann Marie has received the Westchester Magazine Five Star Real Estate Agent Rating four years running, in 2015 and 2016 she was the #1 agent in her office, and she’s a Zillow 5-Star Premier Agent. To keep in touch with former clients, Ann Marie sends cards to mark special occasions or reaches out via email. To market her listings, Ann Marie uses Multiple Listing Services (MLS), as well as Listingbook.com, a service that allows both agents and their clients access to MLS data. She also uses a Facebook business page and ads to boost new listings or promote upcoming open houses. "That drives a tremendous amount of traffic,” Ann Marie says. She also uses the most popular real estate websites such as Zillow and Trulia. A strong believer in giving back, Ann Marie sits on the Board of Trustees of her church and is involved in a variety of social justice projects. She’s affiliated with Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank for Westchester County, which collects and distributes gently used furniture free of charge to those in need. "I love it on so many levels because as a realtor, it’s helps my sellers downsize through charitable donations. I like the environmental aspect of it as well. And it helps people who truly need things.” She’s also involved in Impact 100, a women’s philanthropic giving organization. In her free time, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. For the future, Ann Marie wants to continue expanding her business and developing her brand, and she someday hopes to grow a strong team. But her main goal is to stay in the real estate business, helping her clients to achieve their dreams.