Stone vs laminate bench top in laundry. Does it matter to potential buyers?

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  1. Barny

    Barny Well-Known Member

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    Will laminate bench tops in laundry/spare bathroom affect sale price?

    House value chasing 1.5plus to home owner crowd.

    New kitchen reno will be getting stone bench tops.

    Down stairs laundry and 3rd bathroom (not the main bathroom) needs new bench tops. I can match the same stone to the kitchen at an additional cost. Or use a laminate that is close to the kitchen bench tops for less.

    Curious if I choose the laminate will it bother potential buyers or the price? Chasing top
    dollar and unsure if I’ll get the return.

    Feedback appreciated.
     
  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    For a $1.5m property I'd go with stone. Even a cheaper stone than the kitchen bench tops. We've chosen to do this with our development. (For a $400k property not so important.)
     
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    It will take longer to attract a buyer who doesn't notice.

    In saying that, I've seen laminate in the laundry where the owner used Corian in the kitchen.
     
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    If you can get all the benches out of 1 or 2 slabs then it can be quite economical to go with stone in the other areas. If you are chasing top dollar I think I would do it. You could also ask your stonemason if he has any offcuts that might suit those rooms.
     
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    For my bathroom/laundry reno recently I went stone for a 2m wide stretch. Price bracket circa $800k or so. I think the stone only cost $1k installed in the end since it was an off-cut. No brainer for me really.
     
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    Thanks all. Going to use stone. Called up about off cuts and should be slightly cheaper. I have 2 bench tops about 2 metres in length each. I think it's roughly around 1k more to do vs laminate, waiting on prices but appreciate the feedback.
     
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