If you have hardwood floors or carpeting in your home that need replacing, you may be in a quandary as to which to buy.
According to the National Association of Realtors hardwood floors are the flooring of preference, so it’s something you need to consider, especially if you’re planning on selling your home in the next few years and you want to get as much of your investment back as you can.
Hardwood flooring is more expensive than carpeting, however, almost three times as expensive. And, you may not want it in every room. So cost and preference are two things to take into account.
Both have their pros and cons. Hardwood flooring lasts pretty much indefinitely, and it doesn’t harbor allergens like carpeting does. It’s also easier to maintain, and older hardwood floors can be refinished, whereas carpeting typically needs to be replaced about every 10 years.
Carpeting has its advantages, too, though. It’s warmer, softer and quieter, especially in upstairs bedrooms, says NAR.
According to HGTV, the top request of home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood flooring, and 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring, says NAR, which notes that hardwood flooring can often sell a home faster than carpeting can.
MarketWatch is another industry expert that notes that hardwood is preferred among prospective homebuyers, and for the same reasons.
If you already have hardwood that’s covered by carpeting, and you plan to sell your home or your carpet needs replacing, MarketWatch recommends ripping out the carpeting and leaving the hardwood because, again, it’s what homebuyers are looking for and will likely result in a quicker sale when you do decide to put your house on the market.
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