Here is a great post by Debbie Gartner of Floor Coverings International in Westchester/Western Fairfield. Uncover those hardwood floors and sell that home!
Did you know that hardwood flooring can boost a home's selling price?
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You might want to consider upgrading to hardwood - both for current enjoyment of home as well as resale potential down the road. The luxurious look and feel of hardwood is on the upswing. The latest trends are towards the more exotic woods such as Brazilian Cherry, Santos Mahogany, Bamboo, and Brazilian Walnut.
Wider planks, especially those that are 5 inches or more wide, are also in style. Many consumers prefer the latest engineered hardwood which hides the gapping that you can see between planks during the arid winter months. Wider planks tend to make rooms look bigger, as does a diagonal lay.
In some areas of the country consumers are also going for a more natural and weathered look following the "back to basics" trend in the marketplace. Capitalizing on this need, manufacturers have been making hand-scraped wood which looks authentic. Each plank is unique celebrating the innate variation that you see in nature. And, one manufacturer has even created a "Time-worn" series with wood that has a real antique look and feel.
On the opposite side of the spectrum and inspired by some of the haute couture home design journals, some are going for a stylish patterned look of rare woods. They will alternate the planks - either every other one is dark & light, or two light followed by one dark.
So, think about upgrading your floors. Many consumers find that they double their investment on hardwood flooring. Not only will you enjoy your home more, but you'll be investing your money wisely.
Oh, and if you have hardwood underneath that carpet, by all means rip up the carpet and refinish those hardwood floors. It will lead to a much nicer and cleaner environment as well as save you a lot of money. Sanding is much less expensive than replacing the carpet, and if you are selling your house greatly improves the value of the home and reduces time on the market.
Debbie Gartner, Floor Coverings International in Westchester/Western Fairfield
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