If you’re planning to sell your property, making it move-in ready is a good practice. This is because many buyers today, especially those belonging to the millennial generation, prefer houses that won’t need major overhauls. In fact, some may even be willing to pay more than your asking price if they fall in love with certain features of your house, particularly the floor.
For this reason alone, investing in a remodeled floor may be the next step that you want to take. But before you plan and begin the renovation with your trusted remodeling contractor, you should first try these four tips in improving your floor to boost your property’s market value:
1. Assess and Repair
Before scrapping your old flooring, you must assess its current condition first. For this task, there are several things you need to do to determine the need for a major remodeling project, depending on what type of flooring you have in your house.
If you have hardwood flooring, make sure to check whether the individual slabs are even and complete. You can tell if there are damages and misaligned pieces by listening for creaks in your floor.
If you hear sounds coming from your floor, the next thing you need to do is to determine the extent of the damage to see if replacing a couple of pieces will do the trick or if it requires full replacement and remodeling.
For carpeted flooring, you can assess its condition by asking yourself if you would:
- Not feel grossed out the first time you see the floor
- Want to walk barefoot through the place
- Allow a baby to play on the carpeted flooring
- Feel comfortable eating your meals on the floor
If your answer to all questions is “no,” then it is high time you consider redoing the entire floor system. Although carpets are the easy choice, most home buyers only want them limited within bedrooms as they tend to get worn down with heavy foot traffic and require regular cleaning and maintenance.
2. Choose Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is not only considered a classic choice but also the best choice for boosting property market value as well. This is because this material is timeless, versatile, can add appeal to any type of house, and is preferred by many buyers.
If your existing floor is already made of hardwood, you can easily refinish it to bring back its former glory. If not, it may be high time to consider investing in a hardwood floor. Some of the popular choices are:
- White ash
- Stained red oak
- Black cherry
- Rusty-tinged heart pine
3. Consider Alternative Flooring Materials
Wood is the preferred option but other materials that can look the part might also work, especially if you have a restricted budget.
Vinyl, for example, is inexpensive and can provide you with a wide variety of designs—from faux hexagon marble tiles to distressed hardwood. Its lifespan ranges from 10 to 20 years, depending on how well it is maintained. Compared to just 10 years ago, vinyl flooring has come a long way in its look and design.
Another material you can try to explore is linoleum, a material which comes in sheets or tiles and comes in a variety of designs, including different types of “wood.” Aside from being affordable, this material also offers the advantage of being naturally anti-static and environment-friendly. If you don’t have the budget for hardwood or tile, it may be worth checking out the options available in this material as well.
4. Keep Flow and Continuity in Mind
Aside from the material, you should also consider other aspects of your floor. Its color, design, and style should follow your home’s overall theme to ensure harmony in the interior design.
Avoid leaving your home’s flooring looking like a patchwork of finishes and colors. The trick is to consider the big picture first and foremost, which means that your new flooring should follow a specific flow and transition well in every room.
As for the color, natural wood for your main house floor should be matched by similarly-hued tiles (these materials fare better with constant moisture and are preferred by most buyers) in the bathrooms. However, your options are limited to brown alone. The idea is to use neutral colors from nature like charcoal black which has a velvety or matted look, or off-whites that look much like French limestone.
Invest in Your Home
Improving your home not only boosts its chances of getting sold but also increases its value. Before talking to a real estate agent, make sure you consider these expert-proven home improvement remodeling tips to make buyers fall in love with your floor—and your house—at first sight.
Bill Fannin started Post and Beam 27 years ago as a small construction company and, in 2004, decided to specialize in design/build. Since then, he has grown the company into a very reputable Design/Build Firm. You can find Bill in the office helping with estimates, consulting clients, and even on the job helping the carpenters. Bill is a Certified Graduate Remodeler and Certified Green Professional.