Is upgrading/replacing old flooring worth it?

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it’s totally worth it.

My FI bought a foreclosure last year and I moved in in January, so now it’s “our” house.  This house is probably 50 years old, so a lot older than yours.  It did have some hardwood floors under the gross carpeting but in the areas that did not, we put in new hardwood floors.

This is going to sound dumb, but not only does it look better, but *I* feel better being in that house.  It’s like we’ve made it “ours”.  Like you, we’re not sure how long we’re going to be staying there but we feel it was money well spent.  There isn’t a day that goes by that my FI doesn’t admire the floors!

I have read that updated flooring is one of those improvements that you do get back if you sell your house.  In my area, wood floors are very sought after.  Yes $6,000 is a lot of money (we spent more than that on our floors) but when you break it down, if you’re there say 5 years, that’s only $33 per day. 

If $6,000 is still too much, can you do it in sections instead of replacing everything at once?  Financially that may make it a bit easier for you to swallow.  We decided we’d rather just do it at once and get it over with.

Post # 3
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

KristaMay:  I would do it… To be honest when we were looking at homes, no carpets was a massive plus for us because we knew we would replace them anyway… My parents after 20+ years in their house have finally being able to afford to replace the original ones in their house which were old when they moved in and the difference their laminate flooring makes is incredible… Our house we recently bought has slate tile through except the kitchen and bathrooms which has a horrible stick down vinyl type stuff which we will replace when we redo those rooms… There is nothing wrong with it it is in good condition, i just don’t like it… Everytime we saw a house with carpet, I’d cringe and think how the hell are we going to clean that or dammit now we will have to pay to replace carpet…

And apart from that, you need to be happy living there and quite frankly if new flooring will make you happier, do it…

Post # 5
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

KristaMay:  Go for it… Have you consider laminate wood flooring upstairs… It isn’t as amazing as hardwood but looks and to me feels better than carpet… But to honest carpet in besrooms didn’t phase me as much as in the rest of the house…

Post # 7
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Banquet hall

Why don’t you start with installing the hardwood downstairs and then go from there? I would imagine the downstairs is the more worn of the rugs. (In my experience bedroom rugs can last much longer because of the lower volume of traffic.) Then in a year or two, you might have a better outlook on how long you will be staying and whether you should recarpet the upstairs. As a compromise, you might also think about putting wood floors in the upstairs hallway. Makes for nice consistency and sometimes loud footsteps in the hall/on the stairs is a desirable safety feature to hear little ones, pets, etc. moving about.

Post # 9
6093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes!!! We bought our house and the carpet was the originial, 14 year old builders grade carpet. It was awful. Replacing it was the best decision we’ve made. We went with the Stainmaster carpet as they guarantee no stains and it was soooo soft. We got the level 3 grade (it goes from 1-5 in the style we picked). We also replaced the wood that was in part of our house. We replaced it with Pergo laminate. We have a dog so real hardwood was not an option as it scratches so easily. I’d look into Pergo laminate if you’re concerned about scratching. It’s not really much cheaper than hardwood, but it’s way more durable. And Pergo has a lifetime warranty against scratches.

Post # 10
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Nothing sounds grosser to me than 15 year old carpet…. get that stuff out!!!! 

Post # 11
7217 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If the cost is too much, I’d recommend doing a higher end laminate flooring in the downstairs instead of the hardwood. But yes, I totally think it’s worth it. Nothing is nastier than old carpet IMO.

Post # 12
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think it’s worth it.  It would be hard to sell the house with old carpet.

We are eventually going to replace the entire house with hardwood and tile, except maybe the kids’ rooms.  We may leave carpet in there.  Not sure though.  My husband installs and refinsishes hardwood floors for a living, so we may just eventualy get rid of all the carpet!


Post # 13
820 posts
Busy bee

The pp nailed it on the head. Resale value. Even if you aren’t staying in the house forever a huge selling point is newer floors. 

Post # 14
22136 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

KristaMay:  We recently purchased a house that also had the original builder-grade carpet. Newer than yours by a couple of years, but not that much newer. We replaced all of the carpet on the second floor (bedrooms, hallway, stairs), which was actually in the worst shape with the previous owners having pets and several kids.

It was painfully expensive to replace, but SO worth it to me. Not only does it look way better, but it’s super soft, stain-resistant, and it makes the whole upstairs feel (and smell!) so much fresher. Like you, we had the money to pay in full, but it was definitely painful to part with that money.

Flooring on the first floor of the house (carpet in part, vinyl/laminate in part) is in much better shape. We were able to steam clean those carpets pretty well. We will probably eventually replace the laminate with hardwood of some kind eventually and replace the first-floor carpet, but for now, replacing the second-floor carpet made a huge difference. I may not spend a lot of time in the other bedrooms upstairs, but I spend a ton of time in my bedroom (sleeping, getting ready, etc), so it feels great to have that room be so fresh!

Post # 15
4965 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

KristaMay:  I’d say it’s worth it! If I could have all hardwood I would. We have some. It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  much easier to clean! I think when you go to resell it it will be a good selling point, too.

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