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Buying a new home?

Buying a new home? Here’s What to Look for in the Flooring.

Often home sellers will update key areas of a home and replace the flooring before putting it on the market.

Here are some good questions to ask if the sellers have recently replaced the flooring:
  1. How long ago was the flooring replaced?
  2. Is the new flooring appropriate for the space? For example, new carpet in a kitchen is NOT appropriate no matter how new the carpet is. Also, new hardwood in a basement is not appropriate (it’s below grade) unless it’s engineered wood.
  3. Is the new flooring still under warranty? Does the seller have the information? Often, good quality flooring has a transferable warranty to the new homeowner.
  4. Is there a dehumidifier in the basement? A lack of one can often cause mold and mildew which will affect all aspects of your basement and especially the flooring.
  5. Can the seller tell you the type of flooring? For example, if the home has new carpet, is it nylon? Triexta? Wool? Polyester or Olefin? Knowing will help you determine how to clean and maintain the carpet and know when it may need to be replaced (you’ll need to replace an olefin or polyester carpet much sooner than a nylon or Triexta carpet).
If the flooring in the home has not been replaced recently, you may want to ask these questions:
  1. How old is the carpet and what type is it (i.e. nylon, wool, olefin, polyester, etc.)?
  2. What’s under the carpet? It’s common in older homes to find hardwood underneath.
  3. If vinyl is in the home, was it installed prior to 1990? Asbestos was often mixed into vinyl because it was relatively inexpensive and improved the product’s strength and insulating properties. The use of asbestos in vinyl flooring began to phase out in the 1980s due to health concerns. Normally, if the material is in good condition, it does not pose a threat. Beware of cutting or tearing vinyl flooring that is damaged as the asbestos can go airborne and be breathed in.
If the flooring needs replacing due to wear and tear or it’s obviously outdated (avocado green shag, anyone?), you may be able to use it as a negotiating tool.

If you find yourself needing to replace the flooring in your new home, check out your local flooring store. You will find more stylish solutions, quality installation, and extremely knowledgeable sales associates. Your local flooring store typically offers free measurements and better pricing as there are no hidden fees common with big box retailers. Finally, many flooring stores offer special pricing to realtors or can offer discounts to new home buyers which you’ll not find with the big boxes.