Should I Add New Floors Before Selling My Home?
If you are planning on selling your home, then this is a great opportunity to maximize your profits by doing all you can to increase home value. But with all the home improvements available, you will want to choose the one that gives you the most bang for your buck. One of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s value and increase its desirability to potential buyers is by adding new flooring.
Did you know, improving the flooring is one of the most overlooked ways of improving the value of your home? It is an easy mistake to make because the conditions of a home’s floor can go unnoticed. That is until it comes time to begin staging the home. If the furniture has been rearranged in the staging process, the need for a new floor becomes painfully apparent — sometimes too late.
If you are planning a home sale in the near future, it is important to consider the conditions of your floors and how you can increase your bottom line by adding a new floor before your house goes on the market. Here is what you need to know about pulling off this project for maximum profitability.
Analyze Your Current Flooring and the Local Market
Obviously, the first step is to carefully examine your floor before you decide to invest in this particular upgrade. Make sure you do this when the furniture is pulled back so you can get the best frame of reference possible. If your floor is in decent condition and doesn’t have any considerable signs of damage, then maybe floor replacements are not the most important improvement. But if you have scuffs, scrapes, gouges, or carpeting that is beginning to show its age, then this may be one of the most important investments to make.
Physically, it May Be Time to Upgrade
Old stained carpeting, flooring that has visible signs of moisture or physical damage as well as flooring materials that emit unpleasant odors is bad signs and can reduce your chances of getting a full value price. Another important aspect to consider is the market to which you will be selling your home. Homes in swanky neighborhoods or highly competitive areas of town are often expected to have floors in pristine conditions and homes with floors in bad conditions can be detrimental to your sale.
Mediocre Status Versus Brand New Floors
By the same measure, if your floors are in mediocre condition and you are not selling a home in an especially competitive market, floor replacements may not be the best option for your situation. The best course of action, if you are in doubt, would be to discuss the project with your real estate agent or someone with considerable experience in the local real estate market.
Details to Keep in Mind When Adding New Flooring
If your analysis of your floors in relation to the market has determined that a floor replacement is in order, you will need to carefully consider the best way to move forward. Here are three important considerations to keep in mind to make sure you get the very most from your investment.
1. Flooring Holds More Weight Than You Might Think
Flooring in the home is far more important than many people think. Even though it is easy for the home residents to overlook the condition of the floor, it is virtually impossible for a potential buyer to ignore the smallest flooring details. After all, windows, light fixtures, and furniture can be moved in and out easily, but the floor is the very essence of the sale.
It is essential that a home buyer is given everything they need to imagine their life in the house you hope to sell them. Cracked tiles, smelly carpets, and gouged hardwood floors destroy this magic. The floor itself is what ties all other elements of the home together so keeping it looking good is an important part of making a good impression.
2. Focus on the Areas that Need New Flooring the Most
When you are inspecting your floors, take note of which areas of the floor need attention and which are in basically good condition. The two most important areas of the home that should be remedied are the hallways and living room. This is where the details of the floor conditions are most apparent to potential home buyers.
3. Consider Something Other Than Carpet
Most home buyers expect the bedrooms to have a carpet. But stained and smelly carpets detract from your home in a big way. Buyers are always suspicious of what they will find underneath a dirty old carpet. If your carpets lack their original beauty and freshness, it would probably be best to get rid of them.
Choosing Your New Flooring
Now that you have decided which areas of the home will be getting new floors, it is time to consider what type of floors are the best choice. Here are some ideas to consider:
— Consider Home Style
For best results, choose floor styles that complement their surroundings. Use darker flooring for rooms with plenty of natural light and lighter flooring for dens or hallways that are only illuminated artificially. Unless you are planning to remove all furniture and accessories, make sure the flooring you choose combines well with the other elements of the room.
— Consider Lifestyle
Consider what type of person will be living in this location. If you are selling a home that is perfect for a small family, consider that there will be kids and possibly pets living here. This means a flooring option that will withstand scratching, staining, and moisture, but will also be comfortable underfoot. Kitchens that are designed for extensive cooking projects should also have something that is comfortable to stand on and easy to clean.
— Crunch Numbers
After everything has been considered, the most important part of the project is deciding how much you actually want to invest in this project. Different flooring projects will have different flooring considerations including the costs of removals, underlayment, installation, and more. You want to make sure that the investment made will be recouped with your house sale.
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