Which Has the Top Selling Points: Carpeting, Hardwood or Tile?

by Tina Verstrate 02/06/2020

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The short answer to our question of the day is...

We all know what we like when we see it. 

New flooring can greatly increase your home's beauty in the eye of the beholder, yet it's impossible to know what kind of flooring will attract your home's next buyer. That said, here are the top selling points of three popular options. 

Kudos for Carpeting

Carpet, especially if your home will be shown in the winter, is a popular way to add a comfortable look and feel to a home. Most often chosen for bedrooms, carpet can also hide a multitude of flaws beautifully and without a big dent in your savings. To spruce up a home for sale quickly, carpeting can be a great choice.

Now, for the possible drawbacks. Carpeting can cause issues for people with chemical sensitivities or allergies. It doesn't last forever, and it usually won't be as stylish in five years as it is when first installed. 

Tip: Going with one flooring choice throughout your main living spaces can produce an expansive, well put-together look.

Hoorahs for Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is a classic choice. Walk into a home with hardwood floor, and you get a sense of elegance, comfort and beauty. Over time, the essential oils of the wood offer a subtly aromatherapeutic and natural appeal. A well-maintained wood floor lasts for decades.

Yes, a lot of moisture can impact its look, and the kids and pets can scratch it. And refinishing is a big job involving chemical abrasion, although fans of the DIY method point out to us that there are wood and laminate refinishing kits on the market for under $100.  

Tip: A great, cost-effective alternative is engineered hardwood. Engineered hardwood comes prefinished, can be easily installed without a subfloor. 

A Toast to Tile

Tile is as practical as it is handsome. Well-chosen tile will last the home's lifetime. The richer the hues, and the narrower the space left for grout to show, the easier tile is to clean.

In kitchens, either tile or laminate styled as tile works well. Expanses of tile are especially desirable in homes and condos throughout Florida and other warm states.

If you have tile, talk it up! Note its ease of cleaning, especially to potential owners with pets.

Tip: You can buy tile or laminate that looks like hardwood and have the hardwood look—without the refinishing needs.

Sellers Can Offer Options

If you're selling, and your flooring could use updating, considering offering to trim a little off your sale price, encouraging potential buyers to install their own choice of new flooring as desired. That offer itself might just make a deal happen.

About the Author

Tina Verstrate

Real estate is more than just selling for top dollar or buying at a discount.  It can be a very emotional experience, with many ups and downs along the way. Knowing how to move forward through those ups and downs is what makes a transaction go smoothly.  My unique real estate history has afforded me the opportunity to see many sides of this industry, and the ability to navigate through it is an asset that I bring to my clients.

As a real estate investor, myself, I understand the purchasing dynamic of today's investors and how their needs differ from a traditional buyer.

My knowledge of the local market allows me the ability to provide additional guidance to first time homebuyers, so they can confidently make one of the biggest investment decisions of their lives, as well as to those looking to relocate to the Central Florida area.  Knowing local market trends aids my homeowner clients so they can make the most out of their current home, allowing them to breathe easier when making their next purchase decision.

If you are in the market to buy or sell, please contact me today.  I’d love to help you start this next chapter of your life!