Flooring is one of the first things a potential buyer will notice during a viewing, which is why it needs to look the best it can possibly be. Worn carpets and ripped vinyl just won’t cut it if you want to hit prime market value. Read on for some tips.
A solid hardwood floor is an investment and, if you’re putting your home on the market, it could be one that will help you increase your market value. However, it’s always worth researching the top-end prices of homes in your area — you’re unlikely to smash through that ceiling, even with an expensive floor. If your budget doesn’t run to hardwood, or you are doubtful of the investment, it is worth looking at other options, such as linoleum (it’s moved on a long way since the 70s… ), or laminate. If your target buyer would appreciate eco-flooring, consider laying bamboo, cork, or simply polishing and tinting the existing concrete sub-flooring.
Many of us have moved on from the underfoot luxury of carpet, with hard flooring gaining favour amongst homeowners, mostly due to its minimalist aesthetic, ease of cleaning and increased hygiene when compared to carpet. However if your home is carpeted and your budget doesn’t run to an entire new floor, consider the merits of replacing what is worn out and hiring a professional cleaner for the rest. A grubby old carpet can easily and cheaply be brought back to life. The exception is carpet in areas such as bathrooms and kitchens — we strongly advise replacing these as they are unhygienic and often put off buyers. A decent replacement would be linoleum, which is available in varying colour scheme and is relatively inexpensive.
Your estate agent will be able to advise you on the maximum house value in your street, which will give you a good foundation on which to do your calculations. Speak to one of our flooring experts today if you need some more tips on how to increase your property value through flooring.