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Selling Or Updating: New Floors Can Do The Trick

August 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Whether you are putting your house on the market or your home is need of a makeover, new flooring could be just the update you need. Changing or updating the flooring in your home can provide extreme results. If you are on a tight budget or money is no object, there are many options available to you.

Attempting to sell an older house that has not been updated and has been on the market for a long length of time without any bites may mean that an update to the flooring of the home is needed. While many sellers may not want to drop a large amount of money into a home they are trying to sell, updating the house will give sellers more bang for their buck.

When house hunters are searching for their next home, a house with wood floors will always stand out in their minds when thinking back on potential homes they could buy. Although hard wood flooring can be very expensive, it will be worth the money you invest into the new product. Keep in mind that wood floors can be high maintenance and high cost. They will need to be resurfaced occasionally and you will have to be mindful of spills. This could be a red flag to potential buyers, or it could deter you from updating your home for your own use.

A great alternative to real wood floors is wood laminate flooring. When trying to sell your home, more finicky buyers may not be impressed with laminate floors. They may feel it is a cheap alternative to the real thing. Even though they are not the same as real wood, an average buyer will still enjoy the look and feel of the laminate flooring. It is hard to tell a difference in the look of high quality laminate flooring versus real wood flooring, but it is not difficult to tell a difference in price. Laminate is a much cheaper alternative to hard wood.

Laminate flooring has many advantages for a home. It is durable, easy to maintain and will not cost as much as traditional hard wood flooring. Quality laminate flooring can be found at less than one dollar per square foot at almost any neighborhood home repair store. Completely renovating an area of around 1500 square feet will be economical and give the home a total transformation. If you are concerned with keeping dust and dirt off the floors, a large area rug in high traffic rooms will work as a great way to keep the dirt down. If you are updating your home but not selling, laminate is a great choice if you have kids or pets

Keep in mind that it is not a rule that all flooring in the home needs to be the same. It is recommended that tile be placed in bathrooms and kitchens, as it is guaranteed to get wet. Ceramic tile will not be damaged by liquids and it is easy to clean. On the same note, having carpeting in bedrooms can be beneficial especially in northern states and if you have children. You can even add wood or laminate flooring to one room if you do not want to spend as much money. Placing it in the main sitting or living areas of the home is a great way to give the house warmth and elegance.

While wood and wood laminate flooring are probably the most highly sought after types of flooring for consumers, there are other choices that may better serve your needs. From carpeting to concrete, the possibilities are endless.

It is important to determine what your goals are for the floors in your home. Consider how long you plan to live in the home, whether or not you will frequently have children or pets in the home and how much money you want to invest in the project. Make a list of what is important to you when it comes to new floors and try to find the right material that will meet most of those needs.

The right floors for you are out there. Take a little time to do some research before you jump into a purchase you may regret. Consult professionals and voice your questions or concerns and you will find the best choice that will meet your needs.


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