In a recent survey of Realtors, 82% said that homes with hardwood floors sold faster and for more money. A wood floor in great condition is a great asset to home value. It instantly conveys a home in good condition that is well-maintained. Conversely, nothing makes a home look old or poorly maintained more than a beat up floor. With that in mind, here are some tips if you are considering refurbishing or replacing your home’s floors with hardwood:
Consider Your Options
When it comes to wood floors, there are a host of considerations. Should you choose real hardwood or wood look laminate? How about eco-friendly bamboo? Should you go with unfinished or factory finished floors? Solid or engineered wood? There are pros and cons to each of these options and it’s worth your time to do some research.
Sit Down with A Flooring Installer/Professional
If you are seriously considering a floor replacement, it is worth your time to sit down with a flooring installer in their showroom. The Floor Store at Thornebrook in Gainesville has a fully-trained staff ready to discuss your flooring needs, just stop in during our normal business hours.
Consider Home Value vs Costs
Especially if you are installing a new floor to increase your home’s value to buyers, you need to do a cost/benefit analysis to determine if the increase in home value is more than the cost of the new floor. If not, you may be better off with your existing floor. Whether you are selling or living in the home, it’s important to consider the longevity of the floor and invest in something that will stay in condition with proper care.
Don’t overlook Laminate or Green-Flooring Options
Faux-wood, or wood look laminate has come a long way over the years and the best stuff is hard to distinguish from real wood. The high-durability and versatility of laminate make it an ideal choice for many. Similarly, bamboo and cork flooring are often overlooked option that give you a beautiful floor that is environmentally-friendly, easy to maintain, and economical. If you are choosing for the environment, be careful to choose bamboo flooring that doesn’t use VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) in their manufacture.
Wood Floors are Timeless Investment
We may be biased, but at The Floor Store in Thornebrook Village, we believe that there is no better investment to improve your home than a new floor. That’s why we take the time to help you choose the best flooring option for your home, family, and finances. We invite you to come see us. We can answer all of your questions and promise the highest quality installation in the Gainesville, FL area.