What type of flooring sells homes?

steveinjerseyOctober 12, 2010

Hello, I am remodelling a kitchen and adjoining family room to try to get a buyer. Would a travertine-look ceramic tile or a hardwood floor attract more buyers?

Thanks for your opinions.

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revamp

a lot of what you're asking is regional and/or strictly personal preference. With that said, here's my preference--

I think tile looks really nice, but I would prefer wood in the kitchen.

1. I hate grout (and keeping it clean)
2. Dropped dished MIGHT make it bouncing off a wood floor, not so with tile
3. Standing on tile is hell on my knees.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 3:07PM
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Billl

"Hello, I am remodelling a kitchen and adjoining family room to try to get a buyer. "

This is a money losing strategy in 99% of cases. You will not recoup the money you spend on these construction projects.

A much better strategy would be to reduce the price of the home by the amount you intended to spend on a remodel.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 3:19PM
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worthy

A much better strategy would be to reduce the price of the home by the amount you intended to spend on a remodel.

Unless it's a total hellhole. Most homes do need a good de-cluttering, depersonalizing and clean neutral paint.

We all love our kids' doodles on the fridge and pics of the last three generations of our families on the walls. It's just other peoples' stuff on the wall that gives us the creeps. When you're the Seller, you are the other people.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 3:58PM
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phoggie

If you think that doing this is necessary for the sale, then I'd definately vote for hardwood....or engineered or even some lamanite looks good, if it is a good quality.

I definately love my HW in my kitchen...no hard, cold, hard to clean grout tile for me ever again....I have gotten spoiled.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 5:43PM
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Carol_from_ny

Short answer is CLEAN!
As others have pointed out much depends on your region. Around here hardwood or old brick.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 6:30PM
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cindyb_va

As a cook, I am in revamp's camp. For me, ceramic tile is a huge turnoff in a kitchen, because it is difficult to stand on for long periods of time and it will cause dropped glassware to shatter into a bazillion pieces, compared to wood, where it would break, but into fewer pieces. Keeping grout lines clean is also a huge pain.

Good quality, sealed hardwood would be my choice.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 6:43PM
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terriks

I like wood floors because they always remain in style.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 7:30PM
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krycek1984

I personally like tile in the kitchen and hardwood everywhere else...if you like tile I would not recommend putting it in the family room, too. I'm in Ohio and very rarely do I see that...isn't that more of a Florida/AZ/NV/CA type of thing?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 8:07PM
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jane__ny

I'm with krycek. Tile in the kitchen, baths & foyer (had it for 30yrs) and hardwood everywhere else. I loved the ease of cleaning tile with kids and dogs. Have hardwood in the kitchen now, hate it! Beautiful to look at, but I have to be so careful all the time.

As a house shoppper, I think hardwood and tile sell houses. I would not want to put it in as a buyer. We've walked away from houses because they had carpet or laminate floors.

Jane

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 1:33AM
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jenes

As others have pointed out, it's both regional and a matter of personal preference. I'd rather have hardwood in the family room for sure. Either one with the kitchen.

Doesn't travertine tile have to be sealed so that it doesn't absorb liquids? From a practical standpoint I'd just as soon see ceramic, but I wouldn't NOT buy a house because of travertine.

I'm with jane__ny on the laminate and carpet. Even when there's hardwood under the carpet, if I can't see what condition it's in, I can't be sure it isn't damaged (especially suspicious if it's new carpet over hardwood).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 7:49AM
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chisue

Hardwood.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 11:39AM
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booboo60

Hardwood....UNLESS you are in a "region specific" area where tile is the norm; places like Florida, southwestern states, etc.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2010 at 9:30PM
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pamghatten

Whatever is region specific ... I personally hate tile, anywhere as flooring.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 1:03PM
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Billl

You know what isn't region specific? Losing money by doing major remodels right before a sale.

Unless your home is the eyesore of the neighborhood, your plan sounds like a money loser with either option.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2010 at 2:28PM
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steveinjersey

Thank you very much to everybody for their ideas.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 7:17AM
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orv1

Actually all types of flooring sells homes. It depends on the room and the level of the house. Some houses anything more than laminate or vinyl would be overkill. Some houses anything less than hardwood /tile/marble etc would be a mistake.

No matter what some people think carpet has it's place also. Definitely not in the bathroom though. Yuck.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 11:38AM
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earthworm

Clean is the best answer, followed by quality, then by taste.
If I were selling, I think I'd be 100% honest and critical of my own decisions(not always the best) - this will never come from most agents...

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 3:02PM
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chrisk327

assuming it has to be replaced, hardwood sells homes.

tile is fine for the kitchen, but a family room, living room etc, hardwood is look at more favorably at least in NY, barring unusual circumstances.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 1:48PM
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brickeyee

Flooring does not really sell homes, but flooring in bad condition sure hurts sales.

Floors are like plumbing and wiring.
If it works and is not damaged it rarely matters.

New floors might speed up a sale and save carrying costs, but other than replacing something that is horrible or damaged it is pretty far down in the noise.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 8:41AM
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ottawavalleygardener

No one mentions cork, which is relatively popular here. Is it too personal a choice?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 4:50PM
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brickeyee

"No one mentions cork, which is relatively popular here. Is it too personal a choice?"

Did you purchase your last house based on the flooring?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 9:10PM
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ottawavalleygardener

"Did you purchase your last house based on the flooring?"

No, but I'm not your average buyer. I was addressing the OP's question.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 6:55AM
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brickeyee

The OP is going to most likely lose any money he invests in a new floor to make a sale.

The only recovery might be a faster sale thus reducing carrying costs.

Floors are like plumbing, electrical, roof, windows, siding, etc.

Buyers expect them to be there and work.

New rarely adds value, but old deducts value (the buyer realizes they will have to replace something).

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 9:08AM
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Cassandra

Old hardwood in good condition definitely sells homes in my area! I bought my house because of the spectacular 100 year old oak, maple, birch, and pine floors: four types of gorgeous flooring in the house.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2010 at 5:35PM
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