Sorry, Marble, Homes With This Other Kitchen Countertop Material Sell Faster

And it’s much less expensive.
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Kitchen with blue cabinets and green island
Photography by Rett Peek

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By now, we know that having a pool or painting your front door certain colors can boost your home’s value, but a new report from Frontdoor shows that it’s the inside that counts, too. In a study that analyzed 100 of the most popular trending home features and Zillow data, researchers found that certain kitchen design choices can help you sell your house faster.

corner of a kitchen with wood cabinets
Photography by George Barberis

According to the numbers, the most attractive kitchen feature is butcher block. In fact, homes with those kind of countertops sell in 49 days on average, the fastest of any other design detail. Next in line comes homes with recessed lighting (52 days), a farmhouse sink (53 days), marble countertops (54 days), and granite countertops (55 days). (Yes, the recessed lighting surprises us, too.)

Kitchen with farm sink and curtain underneath
Photography by Dane Tashima; Styling by Naomi deMañana

It’s not totally shocking that butcher block would top the list. It’s a durable surface that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance (though you should condition it regularly, as the wood can dry over time), and it’s much less expensive than stone, especially marble. Plus, if you follow Jessica Maré of Renovate108’s lead and avoid chopping on it directly (she reserves a few cutting boards for that), it will stay in tip-top shape even longer. Don’t have the farmhouse aesthetic to make it work? As you can see here, you don’t need one—the wood adds warmth to almost any space, no matter your style.

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Julie Vadnal

Deputy Editor

Julie Vadnal is the deputy editor of Domino. She edits and writes stories about shopping for new and vintage furniture, covers new products (and the tastemakers who love them), and tours the homes of cool creatives. She lives in Brooklyn.