FLOORING: HOW IMPORTANT IS IT WHEN SELLING?
March 1, 2017 | Richard Sites
There is not much glamour in the word “flooring”, I mean we walk all over it. But when selling, your flooring can make a big difference in whether or not people buy your particular house.
Let’s take a look at a couple of reasons.
Carpet is one of those things that is easy to change and replace if you don’t like it. It is a lot easier to replace than a kitchen counter or bathroom vanity.
Before you move in, the entire house can be re-carpeted in just one day. I think most people put too much emphasis on carpeting when it is such an easy thing to change to suit your tastes.
I once helped some sellers move forward with their plans and we had new carpet installed in the bedroom in just a couple of hours. The installers did a great job and the house sold the first day it was listed.
When laminate flooring first came out, it was called by the brand name “Pergo”. Now, people simply refer to it as laminate.
It is easy to distinguish laminate versus real wood and, in my opinion, gives an expensive home an air of cheapness (if that’s a word). It serves a good purpose in the modest home since it is clean, easy to maintain and free of allergens.
But when installed in an expensive home it fails to impress like the latest hand scraped wood flooring or oak.
I was once in a beautiful, waterfront home, priced at $1.4 million, where they had installed laminate throughout the house and I thought it was one of the main reasons the home languished on the market without selling.
Tile can be tricky. Some types of tile make a house look old, like the white ceramic tiles found in houses from the late 1980’s. While it is clean in appearance, it can look dated. White ceramic tiles are often found in homes in PGA National or The Shores of Jupiter.
Mexican tile is a whole different story. Since it is orange, or some shade of it, people either love it or hate it. If you have Mexican tile throughout your house, you may have a problem on your hands when it comes to selling. Think I’m mistaken, this house that didn’t sell has Mexican tile throughout it. (Update on that house: The house still hasn’t sold!)
Why? Because, if the buyers don’t like the flooring,replacing it is a big job. Call it a “project”.
And people are buying a home…not a project. Unless they are looking for a project to “flip”.
Replacing tile can be time consuming, expensive and messy. And you can’t live in the house while the job is taking place.
The Take Away
In almost all cases, new carpeting will help your house sell more quickly.
If you have tile, especially Mexican tile, no matter how much you love it, buyers may not. If you are not getting offers on your home, tile may by the problem so adjust your price accordingly.
If you would like to have a conversation about getting your home sold, contact me at 561.762.4073. I have been helping sellers move forward with their life plans for 14 years.