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 bedroom is one of the most important areas to focus on when selling a home. It is the place where people spend most of their time and it is also the place where they are the most vulnerable.

There are many ways to upgrade a bedroom, but here are some of the best ones:

Some upgrades to consider:

– Painting the room a fresh color.

– Replacing the carpet with hardwood flooring or laminate flooring.

– Putting in new window treatments and curtains.

– Adding some flowers on the dresser or nightstands.


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. The look of the bathroom can change dramatically with just a few small changes. Whether you replace the floor or the walls, or both, in most cases your choice will have a significant impact on how you feel about yourself and your home.

When deciding on what upgrades to do, it’s best to think about what will sell the fastest and for the most money. Some of these improvements include: adding new fixtures, painting the walls, and upgrading fixtures like showerheads and faucets


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.

Having a beautiful kitchen can go a long way in making your house desirable. You can increase the value of your property by adding a few updates to the kitchen.

Kitchen upgrades ideas:

– Upgrade the flooring

– Add some new appliances

– Rework the layout

– Update the countertops

Living Areas

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.

Hardwood floors are an elegant and timeless choice for any home. When you choose hardwood, you’re making a commitment to quality. It’s a durable investment that will last for decades. It also has a low upkeep cost as there’s little risk of water damage, stains or other damage.

The living room is the heart of the home and one of the most important rooms to upgrade. The living room is where families spend time together and visitors are greeted. It’s important to create a space that feels inviting, comfortable, and functional for all types of activities.

Some of the living room upgrades that can be made are flooring, furniture, lighting and décor. The flooring should be well-maintained and have no scratches or stains on it. Furniture should be clean, comfortable and modern looking with enough seating for everyone who might come over to visit you. Lighting should also be updated so there are no dark corners in the room which could make it seem more cramped than it actually is. Finally, décor should be neutral with a few bright accents here and there to make


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 laminated wood. The buyer needs to consider how many people the house would accommodate, and the flooring type should be appropriate for that number of family size.

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 wood. 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.

Need Help?

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.

This is an updated article originally published January 9th, 2017 with updated content added.

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