On ther Issue of Flooring

Home Stager

The ideal flooring choices are hard wood or pergo for the main living areas such as the living room, dining room, and hallways.  Travertine tile is also popular in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. 

Buyers typically like carpet in the bedrooms and family room if the target market is a family with young children.


Make sure your carpets are spotless before you put your house on the market.  You can call a carpet cleaner or rent a steam cleaner.  If you have permanent stains or very worn carpet, consider replacing it with a neutral beige carpet. 


I am not a fan of giving buyers a carpet allowance since buyers are using as much money as possible to buy your house. 

 Buyers typically will “punish” you by offering about 10% less than they would have if the carpet wasn’t an issue. 

Comments (1)

Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi MaryBeth, I agree with some points you made however as a home stager I always do some marketing research to determine the market and the buyers in that area. Pergo is many homes here in Texas wouldn't be considered an upgrade but definitely hardwoods! There are a lot of great look porcelain tiles too that mimick travertine and can work in many price points here cost effectively. I also agree that carpet allowances don't work!!  Bottom line is know the market you serve! Thanks for posting.

Dec 22, 2011 01:42 AM