Thinking About the Flooring in your Home

By: Eric Badgely

When preparing your home for sale in any market, sellers need to do something for their home that sets it apart from the other homes listed locally. One great way to catch the eye of buyers is with new floors. Floors are one of the major design aspects of a home and every other element of a room has to mesh with the floor of the room just looks plain wrong. For instance checkerboard flooring + polka dot wallpaper = big mistake. Flooring plays a huge role in how a room is presented and has the ability to be a real focal point for a room if chosen properly. The right floors make a room, badly chosen or installed flooring sticks out like a sore thumb.

There is a huge and diverse selection of floors to choose from. Everything ranging from stone to wood and everything in between. There are definitely some surfaces that are smart choices for certain areas such as tile for kitchens and bathrooms and laminate or hardwood for dining rooms or bedrooms. Of course the choice is up to you what kind of flooring you put where. But, try to take the function of the room into account and whether or not the surface you choose will be suitable.

In today's high-traffic homes laminate is emerging as the clear favorite. This is largely due to it's attractive appearance and relatively low cost. It also holds up well to extensive use and is acceptable for areas like the kitchen as well. There are about as many different styles of laminate as one could imagine. Most however, mimic the look of hardwood, a highly sought-after, but extremely expensive surface. Laminate does require the kind of long-term upkeep as hardwood either. After many years hardwood may need to be refinished and refinishing a whole home of floors can be a time consuming and messy prospective. A surface like tile on the other hand; takes a while to install properly but lasts for years with little maintenance. areas like the bathroom need a good waterproof surface like tile or linoleum. This will stop any leaking or excess water from reaching the foundations or inside of the walls.

Planning your floors is like planning any other renovation aspect. It takes some careful consideration of what you have currently and what you need in order to generate interest in buyers.

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