Should I Add New Flooring Before Selling My Home?

dining room set in home with carpet

If you are looking to sell your home right now or in the near future, you want to minimize costs while also maximizing the selling price. Some upgrades aren’t necessary when looking to increase your home’s resale value. Flooring, however, is one of the most effective ways to make your home more attractive to potential buyers while also increasing your home’s value.

Analyze Your Current Flooring Before Selling

Before you make the decision to remove and replace your flooring, take a look at all of your flooring. If your floors appear to have no scratches or scuffs, you probably won’t need to replace them. You’ll need to look very closely at the carpet in your home because carpet shows signs of wear and staining more than other types of flooring. Also, if your flooring has almost reached the end of its useful life, consider replacing it because if not, your new buyers will have to, and they won’t want to.

Lastly, you’ll need to consider the market your home will be entering once you are ready to sell. New flooring in a home is largely decided on the neighborhood and how competitive your area is. It might be expected that homes in your area have new flooring. Other times, it’s a nice bonus, but not an expectation.

Three Things to Remember When Adding New Flooring

If you decide that it’s time to upgrade your floors, you’ll need to remember these three important things so that your time and resources aren’t wasted.

Flooring is the Cornerstone of Your Home

Flooring sets the tone for the entire home whether or not you realize it. It’s one of the first things a potential buyer will notice when they tour your home. If there’s anything wrong with your flooring, potential buyers will notice. Cracked tiles, carpet stains, or scuffed hardwood floors are enough to change buyers’ minds and could affect the appeal of buying your home. Flooring sets the precedent for the rest of your home, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

Divide and Conquer When Upgrading

During the initial survey of your home’s flooring, you can eliminate rooms with good flooring. Just because some certain rooms need new floors, doesn’t mean they all do. So, determine which floors should receive a little TLC. Two big areas to keep a careful eye on are the living room and your hallways. These two areas can make or break a potential buyer’s perception of your home.

Ditch the Carpet

Carpet in bedrooms is often expected by a buyer. This is really the only area that many buyers today will accept carpet to be located. Often, upgrading carpet is a need rather than a want because other flooring options last much longer and are easier to manage compared to carpet.

However, unclean carpet or one with noticeable spots and stains will turn buyers away from purchasing your home. Buyers are always worried about what could be lurking underneath stained or unsightly carpet. You should always replace carpet that has seen better days.

Choosing Your New Flooring

Now that you have a plan for the rooms that need new flooring, you’ll need to decide which flooring is the best option. Remember to consider:

  • Budget: Your budget will ultimately determine how much flooring you can replace and what kind you can install.
  • Traffic: Rooms that receive a lot of coming and going will call for different floor choices to withstand the daily wear and tear. Check out our blog on how to pick the best flooring based on different room requirements to narrow down your choices.
  • Style: Lastly, the style you choose for your flooring shouldn’t be “trendy” because what you install will need to last for a while. You want to appeal to a large number of buyers too.

Have Your Floor Removed by Speedy Floor Removal

Replacing your old flooring before selling will improve the look of your home, but also increase its resale value. Before you install new flooring, you should make sure that your old flooring is thoroughly removed to make a clean slate. Speedy Floor Removal has completed thousands of residential floor removal projects and can help you remove your old floors. Contact us today in your service area to receive a free project estimate.