Should I Replace My Flooring Before Placing it On the Market?

Should I Replace My Flooring Before Placing it On the Market?

 
A question we are asked from time to time by customers selling their homes, is “Should I replace my flooring and with what?” Flooring obviously takes up a lot of square footage and is one of the first things people will notice when considering your home for purchase.
 
Most new home buyers prefer the low maintenance and timeless beauty of hardwood and want to see this type of flooring throughout the home – even in the kitchen. So does this mean you need to make some changes? That depends.
 
It’s always a good idea to find a reputable realtor who will walk through each room of your home and advise what needs to be done to make your home the most attractive to potential buyers. Years go by quickly, and you may not realize certain trends have passed making your home more outdated than you realize. What you’ve accepted over the years can potentially keep your home on the market for months and affect how much you profit – or not – from the sale. Simple changes can make a big difference, and they don’t have to be expensive.
 
Tour open houses in your neighborhood to see firsthand how your home compares to others on the market. You can also tour homes virtually through sites like Zillow.com.
 
Begin with asking yourself (or an honest friend or family member) these questions:
 
 
  • How does my home – particularly flooring – compare to other homes in the area: overall appearance, quality, style?
 
  • What does my realtor say about my flooring?
 
  • Am I limiting the number of potential buyers because my flooring is too style specific?
 
  • If I were buying a new home, would I want this flooring? Would I allow my children/grandchildren to crawl on this flooring?
 
  • If this flooring was in the new home I was purchasing, would I want to replace it?
 
 
If you decide to change your flooring for a quicker sell, consider these factors:
 
  • If carpet, what is underneath it? You may be surprised to find hardwood underneath your carpet. Refinishing hardwood is often more cost effective than buying new carpet.
  • If your current hardwood has a poor finish or color, find out if the floors can be refinished or re-stained/painted.
  • Which room(s) need flooring?
  • For what will the room likely be used? i.e. Entertaining, eating, sleeping, etc.?
  • Is this room/area a high traffic part of the home? i.e. kitchen, hallway, entry, etc.?
 
Next you want to determine a budget. It’s not easy to fix up a home for someone else. After all, you want those funds for your new residence. But smartly allocated, that investment can give you a much better return on the purchase price of your home.
 
Based on how you answered the questions above, consider what style/type/quality of flooring is appropriate for the home. If you’re in a high income neighborhood, you’ll want to invest in better quality flooring.
 
Manufacturers today typically provide good/better/best flooring options. Once you settle on the type of product and style, you can easily navigate the features and benefits in each good/better/best category. Plus, many products come with a transferable warranty. This means the flooring warranty transfers to the new homeowners – another good selling point for your home!
 
Walking into a flooring store can be overwhelming. There are so many options! That’s why it’s a good idea to consider the questions above before visiting a flooring store. A knowledgeable associate can use these answers as a guide to get you the flooring you need and get your home sold quickly.

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