Buying a Home With Hardwoods vs. Buying a Home With Carpet

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Buying a Home With Wood Flooring vs. Buying a Home With Carpet

When buying a home, most home buyers lean towards buying a home with more hardwoods versus buying a house with a lot of carpet.  Often, the reason behind this is purely aesthetics but there are other reasons that buyers should consider before deciding on one flooring type over the other.

  • Carpets will stain easily and when they become damp for an extended period of time they form mold and mildew.
  • Wood floors are stain resistant but will become discolored or warped with extended dampness or direct sun penetration.
  • Carpets never get cleaned completely.  No matter how much you clean the carpets, you will still have a lot of dirt/dust particles that will remain.  If there were pets that lived in the house prior to you moving in, this may cause allergy problems for children or adults with severe allergy issues.
  • Carpets do absorb more sound than hardwoods, but this can be remediated by placing carpet runners in areas that are heavily traveled.
  • Carpets will last 10-15 years before they will need to be replaced.  Wood floors can last a lifetime but will probably need to be sanded and re-stained every 10-15 years.
  • Carpet is warmer to the feet during the winter months...this seems to be the reason that many home buyers prefer to have carpets in the bedrooms.

There is no doubt that today's average home buyer would prefer wood floors over carpet, but decide what fits your family's needs before you make the final decision.

Ask your real estate agent what is popular in your area.

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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Nice post, nicely balanced between two opportunities....

Feb 09, 2011 06:42 AM #1
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Brandon, you also cannot sand carpet if you want to stain it a different color of have an issue such as a big scrape. Nice compare and contrast points on both.

Jacque & Larry

Feb 09, 2011 05:48 PM #2
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