Should I put hardwood floors in my condo?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Redwood Realty License # 0225028579

hardwood floorsShould I put hardwood floors in my condo?




My answer is a qualified yes.  In today's market, consumers love hardwood floors.  They're sleek, clean and easy to maintain.  If you spill a glass of red wine, clean up is as simple as getting some paper towels.  They can often make a space look larger than it really is.

However, if you live in a condo, check your condo documents to see what the rules and regulations are.  Oftentimes, you will be required to cover a majority of those floors with rugs.  Why?  Hardwood is noisy and if those floors aren't covered, your neighbors below will hear you....every time you walk across the room with shoes on.

So, while I think hardwood will be appealing to a future buyer, keep in my that you will be buying not only hardwood but rugs as well.

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Comments (11)

Patrick White
Home Driven Realty, Inc - Baldwin, NY
Driven to bring New Yorkers home

Good Morning nancy

Thanks for the post. Have a great day

Oct 09, 2011 04:15 AM
Krystal Knott
Christie's International Real Estate - Summit Colorado - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO

Nancy, it is so true that some condo complexes won't allow wood/stone/tile floors unless there are rugs.  It is great that you mentioned this in your post.  Very well written!  --Krystal

Oct 09, 2011 04:15 AM
Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Good Sunday Moring Nancy....I love wood floors but never thought about it as far as condos but it makes sense to check the CC&Rs all the time....thanks for posting.

Oct 09, 2011 04:17 AM
Collette Sarmento
Cameron Real Estate Group - Wakefield, MA
781*258*9718--Your Agent For Life

Thank you for posting, I agree hardwoods are much better looking and are easier to take care of.

Have a great day!

Oct 09, 2011 04:17 AM
Colin Call
RE/MAX Integrity - Eugene, OR
Principal Broker

Hi Nancy,  I agree with you that most folk love hardwood.  While they might be an issue in some condo projects you are unlikely to run into any objections in a townhouse association.  Thanks for the blog.

Oct 09, 2011 04:26 AM
Peter Preston-Thomas
Real Ottawa - Kanata, ON

My first question would always be, "Why do you want to put them in?"  If they are for your own personal taste and you're going to be there a while, then of course put them in (notwithstanding any condo regulations.)  If you're selling tomorrow, probably you shouldn't, unless you are sure that it will fetch a significantly higher price in your particular market.

For me?  I always prefer hardwood - and if you can include radiant floor heating, mmm-perfect.

Oct 09, 2011 04:27 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Hardwoods are very popular today and they look great. Kind of reminicient of what I grew up with. What will be next?

Oct 09, 2011 04:28 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Nancy, good advise to check before you get into the installation. Buyer's love hardwoods in condos!



Oct 09, 2011 04:46 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi, Nancy. Great advice on the restrictions, though beautiful, hardwood does tend to be noisy if there's no baffle between joists and ceiling below.

Oct 09, 2011 07:16 AM
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Everything has a fashion cycle. I just completed a project that had 9x9 vinyl tiles GLUED DOWN onto the DR floor. It was the 60's that was what was done then. Wall to wall will be back...eventually. But meantime, area rugs can go with you when you move, and a neat way to add interest in a room, too. 

Oct 09, 2011 05:43 PM
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San Diego, CA

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Oct 10, 2011 04:04 AM