With today's current real estate market, many homeowners have a variety of decisions to make with their current home. If they are in the market to buy a home, prices are at an alarmingly affordable price and it would be wise to invest in inexpensive real estate if they are looking to sell in a few years down the road. Homeowners who are looking into the idea of selling their current home to either upgrade to a larger space or downgrade to a more manageable living space also have many options when it comes to investing.

A smart decision to make before selling a current home is to make minor upgrades within the home to make the overall value of the property increase. For instance, if the home still has the standard carpet flooring in the living room or bed room, think about installing in a more contemporary hard wood. On the other hand, one of the easiest ways to increase the value of a home is with the installation of granite countertops.

Granite countertops are a new trend in the kitchen industry that many homeowners are looking into when upgrading their ordinary and standard kitchen areas. There are more than 1,000 varieties of granite colors and textures for kitchen countertops so the options are almost limitless when it comes to choosing between a myriad of granite colors to match the already present kitchen cabinetry or dining room table. Some of the colors of San Diego granite countertops include white, cream, yellow, pink, blue, red, green, gray and black.

When shopping around for granite counters in San Diego, it is important to know that there are two styles of granite to consider. One style is called "consistent" granite, which has the same pattern throughout each piece. The other style is called "variegated" granite, which has veins of color that vary from piece to piece. While the latter style may look more attractive, it becomes quite a difficult task to match sections with each other. There are also two major finishes to granite countertops: a flat finish that is smooth but more open to staining, or a polished finish which looks glossier and is more durable.

Because granite can vary in color and style when purchased as a single slab, it may not be the best idea to gage an entire piece of granite solely by a small, four-inch sample. Instead, visit a local San Diego granite countertop warehouse to properly choose which color and style works best within the kitchen space. Because each slab of granite is unique, ask to view four or five slabs of the same style to properly forecast how the granite will look as part of the new kitchen.

Once the granite countertops are installed, the care of the stone is fairly simple. On a daily basis, consider wiping down the granite with a paper towel and soapy water and use a sealer to maintain the finish once a year. Never use abrasive cleaning products so the longevity of the countertop lasts an extended period of time.