If you have ever been to a house that had some serious flooring problems, you may remember it as if it were yesterday. The tacky shag of the carpet, or the linoleum curling in on the edges could be a horrifying addition to the stress of selling a home. Flooring may be an expensive upgrade for your house, but it offers so many benefits to your home sale that you would be remiss not to think about it. Here are the best types of flooring upgrades to consider for each room of your house.
If most of your home features carpeting wall to wall, you might be more than ready to roll up the old version and bring in something new and fresh. In the bedrooms, you may decide to keep carpeting and just upgrade it to something that is soft, clean and unstained. If you are going to put carpeting anywhere at all in the house, the bedrooms are the best spot. It is the ideal room for the added plush comfort. Being a lower-traffic area, you are less likely to wear it out or spill on it as quickly. Soft versions of hard flooring are also good for bedrooms, such as cork. These materials are best to replace right before selling, so that you do not take any of the life out of the flooring before you go.
The bathroom has a bit of a unique environment for your flooring. There is a lot of moisture and humidity, especially if you are not wholly committed to turning on the fan every time you use it. As such, bathrooms need flooring that is not just water-resistant, but will not be damaged by the heat and moisture. It’s important to choose flooring that is attractive and functional. Materials like tile tend to be better than hardwood, which could warp under these conditions. Natural stone tile offers a beautiful and classic look for the bathroom, unmatched in quality. If your budget is a bit tighter before your home sale, you might consider luxury vinyl tile, which can be made to look very convincingly like stone or ceramic tile.
Like the bathroom, the kitchen has a few considerations that must be made. You have some of the same problems with heat, humidity and moisture, so you want to install something that is ideal for high traffic, but also easy to keep clean. Buyers often focus on the look of the kitchen, so you really need to get this one right. Tile is typically an ideal choice, but you may opt for dark tiles and a darker grout that is less likely to stain from spills. If you prefer, you can also extend the tile into the dining room, providing that added protection and a seamless look throughout the eating space.
You know that buyers tend to prefer hardwood in the home, but there are reasons why you might not install it in the entire space. Solid hardwood, although extremely hard-wearing and long-lasting, can be a bit delicate in spaces that become wet too often. However, in the major living areas of the home, hardwood is far and away the best choice. The vast majority of buyers consider hardwood on the main floor to be essential or at least something they want to see in homes for sale. If you worry about the added noise or temperature, invest in a few rugs to make it seem more cozy.
The trick to getting the best flooring for your basement is moisture control. If you have problems with leaks or even flooding, you must resolve them and figure out how to prevent them before any flooring is likely to work out well. A finished basement is a boon to buyers, who may pay more if it is done well. Avoid all flooring types that would be easily damaged by water, such as carpet, solid hardwood or laminate. Tile again is the winning option, but you might also do well with vinyl or even engineered hardwood.
Considering various upgrades for your home before selling it requires you to pick very carefully. Investing in your flooring is an immediate payoff that will make your home more appealing to buyers, depending on the choices you make. With the right upgrades, you can provide a necessary update to your home and give buyers exactly what they want.
Flooring Masters & Professional Remodelers has specialized in floor installations since 1990. They can advise you on the best ways to care for your floors and make product recommendations that are safe to use.