What Buyers Think About The Floors In Your Listings

Carpet

It’s very clear that buyers prefer hard surfaces over carpet , but when deciding whether-or-not to replace carpet it comes down to: location and condition. Buyers don’t mind carpet in the bedrooms if they are in good shape.

Ask yourself if you would let a baby play on the floor or if you would be comfortable walking barefoot across it. The key is to make sure the carpet is “fresh.” If you wouldn’t describe it that way, replace it.

Hardwood


Hardwood Floors require proper maintenance and when they are in condition, they can increase the appeal of your listing significantly. If it’s in poor condition, repair it – do not cover it up or it could cause buyers to perceive it as having hidden flaws. If blemishes compose more than 5% of the flooring in a room, it can look like a “chore,” to the buyer whose eyes will be drawn away from the other features of the space.

Is the floor even, not creaking and can you sweep a broom across it without the divets and damages causing you to leave a trail of dirt? If not, replace it.

Vinyl

The technology behind synthetic floors is quickly advancing. New, luxury vinyl flooring can be stain and scratch resistance, pet proof and waterproof. Buyers love the “worry-free” warranties that accompany most high quality vinyl products. Find out if the warranty is transferable to add even more value. As long as the flooring is consistent, installed well and doesn’t show any major damage, keep it.