Whether you’re changing the flooring to make your home more appealing to buyers or because you just need a change in your home, there are a number of decisions to make in deciding what flooring is best. Ask yourself the following questions when figuring out your flooring needs:
· Is this an investment?
· What is the size of the room?
· What is my budget?
· What is the use of the room?
· What is the traffic in the room?
· Does the space have a lot of moisture?
· How much maintenance do I want to perform?
· What will buyers want (if selling)?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you can get a better idea of what type of flooring is best for the space based on the qualifications of each type of flooring below.
The most expensive option on your list, hardwood flooring is also the most desirable for many buyers. The clean look of hardwood, paired with its durability and long lifespan make it something that many buyers covet. If you are selling your Jacksonville home and looking to make a flooring choice, hardwood should be on the top of your list, because it will appeal to your buyers and have your home sold easier. But, that all depends on the space where the flooring will go. Hardwood can’t tolerate humid and/or wet conditions, so the room should have air conditioning (not a good choice for a sunroom or lanai!). Hardwood should also not be placed in a high-traffic area, where someone might leave their rain boots, like a foyer, as scratches happen very easily on hardwood floors. Hardwood is best in living and dining areas, as well as on staircases and in bedrooms.
This highly-durable flooring is perfect for high-traffic areas. It is budget-friendly and can take on the look of hardwood, although if you are selling your home, many buyers may scoff at laminate flooring, wanting the “real thing”. It is the perfect solution for those areas where you can’t place hardwood or if you just don’t have the funds for hardwood. Laminate is great in foyers and wet areas and even in the kitchen.
The choice of carpet is a controversial one – there are the lovers of carpet and the detractors of it. With a soft texture underfoot, many love the feel of it, but others don’t like the attraction of dust mites and dirt. Carpets are best in low-traffic areas like bedrooms or living spaces, as they wear easily. The budget for carpet is also flexible, as there are many different styles and types of carpets. If you are selling your home, you may be best to put hardwood on your main floor area and carpet in the bedrooms for the best appeal to buyers.
Other choices of flooring can include stone, marble and engineered wood. Let me know if you need any help staging your home for sale and installing the right type of flooring for Jacksonville buyers.