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The Best Flooring for Resale

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

The Best Flooring for Resale

Whether you’re just moving in or looking to sell, all homeowners beg the question: What’s the best flooring for resale value? We’ve answered that question and more including trends, colors and styles.

Have you ever remodeled a house? I can tell you first hand, it is a totally, completely, utterly overwhelming process. You have so many decisions to make: floor, paint, counters, cabinets, lighting, the list goes on!

Then you have to consider, not only what you like, but return on investment. Do you want to spend $10,000 redoing your floors if it is going to bring your home value down? I didn’t think so.

Alternately, it’s important to ask yourself the question: how long do you see yourself living in this house? The typical resident stays in a house for 5-7 years. If you’re planning on flipping the house, you will (likely) be looking for the cheapest option with the best resale value; whereas if you’re planning on living in the house for several years, you’re better off considering what will bring you a happiness.

To get the real deal on the questions related to flooring and resale value, I interviewed local real estate agent Lindsay Rusk.

Lindsay Rusk has established herself as one of the youngest producers at Coldwell Banker in her market. She is a strong negotiator bringing innovative ideas and strategies to each transaction as well as utilizing the most current technology, media, and targeted marketing to bring Buyers and Sellers together.

Related content–>The Best Flooring for Flipping Houses

What flooring typically yields the highest resale value?

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

Hard flooring (wood, stone) is always in demand. If you can’t afford or justify hardwood or stone, go for looks and durability, such as porcelain tile or engineered hardwood. People always love the combination of beautiful and durable.

High-end markets will see hand-scraped wood, barn style plank wood (yes sometimes from actually barns, or of European decent), large format travertine/marble and limestone, and some cantera stone touches for outdoor spaces.

Not looking to sell a million dollar home? Middle-class families love the look, durability and easy maintenance of laminate flooring, which you can purchase for a fraction of the cost of solid hardwood.

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

Related content –> Wood Flooring Trends

What flooring typically yields the lowest resale value?

Carpet. Even if you invest in high-end carpet, it usually shows wear and tear more quickly than hard flooring. Also, a lot of people have a hard time with the sanitation/health aspects of it.

Vinyl is also another material that people turn their noses up….it has come A LONG way in looks and durability, but it still has a stigma and it will typically render very little on return on investment.*

*Editor’s note: Although many buyers still have misconceptions about vinyl flooring, we anticipate that as technology in vinyl flooring continues to advance, the stigma will gradually fade away, and high-quality luxury vinyl will outgrow the ‘vinyl stigma’.

Related content –> Vinyl Flooring Trends

Are there any hidden gems? Flooring options that people don’t typically think of first, but generally do really well on the market?

Trends are trends for a reason and, within trends, you have items that will remain classic. Neutral colors, finishes and sizes are always a “safe” bet.

And I always say: if you are planning on selling in the near future, pick something that will please the masses. People want to feel comfortable with what they are buying and how to take care of it.

Of course, they are always people who like unique and rare items in their homes (or the home itself) and they will likely be less concerned with resale but simply concerned with their enjoyment of the remodel.

Related content –> 2017 Flooring Trends

Are there any common misconceptions on how certain floors will affect resale value?

The standards are pretty cut and dry. However, tiles with a high sheen (shiny) finish often look beautiful in display rooms, but end up not looking great in the home, making them a less than ideal choice.

How does layout/design affect retail value? Especially trendy options like parquet*?

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

Parquet? Are people still using parquet? HA!

I spoke a bit about that above….there will ALWAYS be trendy items. However, the average person lives in their home for about 6 years. Ask yourself: is installing something ultra trendy going to last you until you could potentially sell?

I can typically tell how long ago a home was remodeled or refreshed when showing property based on the finishes.

Typically, stylish tasteful patterns tend to be most common in high-end markets where buyers are looking for something unique.

*Editor’s note: Although most people think immediately of dated 1970s parquet designs, parquet flooring is actually defined as planks laid in a decorative, geometric pattern, including the super-trendy-at-the-moment chevron and herringbone.

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

Related content –> 2017 Flooring Layout & Pattern Trends

Are any colors/shades more desirable when it comes to selling price?

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

It’s all about beach chic right now. Cool tones, grays, whites, blues and light woods. Touches of modern hardware/light fixtures. Jeff Lewis estimates that this trend should be around another 5 years or so.

When choosing colors, think about the future and your ideal buyer. Is hot pink going to attract all the buyers to your yard? Probably not.

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

Does consistency of flooring throughout the house influence the selling price?

Absolutely. There is nothing that can chop up the flow of a floor plan more than different flooring choices. If it’s done right, say a transition from wood to tile into the kitchen, and it’s done with purpose, I think that can add class and style.

But the Do-It-Yourselfers who go to home depot and pick whatever on sale and do a room at a time? No. Don’t do it. Save your money and do it all in the same material/run.

If you can’t afford the labor, buy all the material so the dye lots match, and do a room/section at a time.

What are some estimated spend/value ratios for updated floors (i.e., what percentage of spend can sellers expect to earn back on return)?

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

There is not much difference in cost and ROI (return on investment) between solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood, but the same isn’t true of laminate flooring. On the plus side,

On the plus side, laminate is easy to clean, scratch-resistant, and can be installed in places where natural wood can’t. And though it doesn’t last as long as hardwood, it costs 50% less on average to buy and install.

Expect to pay about $5 to $8 a square foot for laminate flooring installed. Laying laminate floors is a relatively easy project, so you can save even more if you opt to DIY.

The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

Related content –> 2017 Laminate Flooring Trends

Lindsay, can you sell my home or help me buy a new home?

Absolutely!

You can find more from Lindsay on her website, or follow her on Facebook.

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The Best Flooring for Resale: Ready to remodel your home, but concerned about return on investment? We interviewed a local real estate agent to get the details on which floors sell and which floors fell!

 

10 Responses to "The Best Flooring for Resale"

  • Ridley Fitzgerald
    March 30, 2017 - 4:41 pm Reply

    It’s great to learn about the different flooring styles, and what their resale values are. We are hoping to sell our home in the near future, but the carpets we have are disgusting. I like how you said to pick a floor that will please the masses, like new carpet or tile.

    • Nygel Davidson
      August 8, 2017 - 1:21 pm Reply

      I don’t know what you chose to do but I would say that cleaning the carpet is not out of the question. However, if you do have to replace, always keep your market in mind. If it is a cheap flip, make sure your floor guy can supply you with something that won’t break the bank.

  • Mike Moorr
    October 1, 2017 - 9:37 pm Reply

    I am thinking of installing vinyl plank flooring throughout my house. What are your thoughts?

    • Ari Ziskin
      October 2, 2017 - 8:53 am Reply

      Hi Mike,

      Vinyl is super hot right now and will only increase in popularity! As long as you choose a high-quality vinyl, I think you’ll be extremely happy with your decision.

  • Peggy
    October 2, 2017 - 11:03 am Reply

    We are thinking about using ceramic plank tiles in our bedrooms that were damaged by a city sewer back up. I’d prefer laminate wood flooring but I can live with the tile. My husband prefers carpet which we had before. We will eventually sell the house and it may be a knockdown because of a new country club community next door. What are your thoughts on ceramic plank flooring for bedrooms?

    • Ari Ziskin
      October 2, 2017 - 1:44 pm Reply

      Hi Peggy,

      That’s what I have in my bedroom and I love it! It used to be that bedrooms had to be soft and carpeted, but the trend of keeping flooring consistent throughout the house has changed that and you are seeing a lot more hard surfaces in bedrooms. I think it’s a great choice!

  • Susie
    October 6, 2017 - 6:44 pm Reply

    We have a mix of wood flooring and carpet that is 20 years old. The wood is still pretty ok but carpet is gross. We will be selling our house next year and need to get rid of the carpet. Is it dumb to take out the natural wood flooring and replace with vinyl plank all throughout? Or should we keep he existing wood and do plan b? Also the entire upstairs is carpet! Including the stairs and we don’t want to put the money in for entire house new flooring. What to do. :/.

    • Ari Ziskin
      October 9, 2017 - 8:30 am Reply

      Hi Susie,

      I don’t think it’s dumb at all – vinyl is the fastest growing floor on the market these days and you can get a gorgeous wood look that buyers will love. I think it’s probably okay to keep your carpet upstairs – just get a really good steam cleaning in before listing. I would focus on the downstairs and stairs themselves – that is most likely what buyers will see. I think many people expect carpet in an upstairs since that’s where the bedrooms tend to be.

  • Jeanette
    November 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm Reply

    My husband and I are redoing our rental to sell and debating between a tile slate floor or a rustic tile would look.

    • Ari Ziskin
      November 29, 2017 - 12:54 pm Reply

      Hi Jeanette,

      I recommend going with the wood look! It will stay in style for the lifetime of the floor.

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