When renovating, kitchens are one of the biggest investments that you will make. However, in most circumstances, they are the most valuable as well and have the most potential for you at resale. With that being said, your bottom line is always affected when performing a kitchen remodel. So, if you have a small budget when performing upgrades, you need to make your decisions wisely. Appliances, cabinetry and countertops are three of the most important decisions that you will make in your kitchen upgrade. If you want to try to save money on your countertops, while still ensuring that you have a quality remodel, here are a few tips:

Tip #1: Opt for a Common Color Granite.

If you're getting granite countertops, then you will want to try to stick to common colors and avoid exotic colors. The more exotic of a color that you go for, the more expensive it is going to be. The reason for this is because those exotic colors aren't as available as the more common colors. Common granite colors tend to be beiges, browns and sometimes even dark greens. The best thing you can do is to visit a granite stone yard in your local city and ask them to show you the inexpensive granite options.

Tip #2: Consider Pre-Fabricated Granite.

Pre-fabricated granite is simply granite that comes already equipped with edges. There are several different styles of edges that you can choose from and some of them with come with a short backsplash, if you would like. These also come in the previously-mentioned common colors, which you can opt for to continue saving money. If you do go for the pre-fabricated granite, the one thing that you do not want to skimp on is the workmanship quality. Make sure that you locate a fabricator that does quality work and comes recommended.

Tip #3: Don't Rule Out Laminate Countertops.

While it would be great to have granite or quartz countertops , they may not simply be in your budget right now. If that's the case, you could consider selecting laminate countertops. They're durable and often look just as a great, not to mention that they'll be nice to your checkbook. If nothing else and you think that you may have more funds later down the road to get granite countertops, you can install the laminate countertops now and purchase granite ones at a later date. If you do this, though, make sure that you avoid installing an incredibly nice backsplash that you'll have to tear out. Instead, keep it laminate as well.