(Closed) Can any realtor/design bees give me advice on floor upgrade and resale value?

posted 4 years ago in Home
  • poll: With our concern for added costs, what would you do to the hardwood?
    Cover with laminate - they will look nice and the buyer can always remove it : (0 votes)
    Leave as is - people will be happy to see the hardwood : (10 votes)
    71 %
    Spend the extra money to refinish the hardwoods - it's worth it : (4 votes)
    29 %
    Other - please note below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2680 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Don’t cover hardwood! Especially in a historic home! I just bought a 1920’s craftsman and the wood floors are in rough shape. However, as a buyer I wasn’t deterred by knowing that I would have to refinish the floors. Laminate flooring on the other hand would have been a turn off. Rather the refinishing the existing hardwood, I would have assumed I would have to rip out the laminate and install hardwood which would be much more costly. 

    Either refinish the floors or leave as is. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    1337 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

    This is kind of like the diamond vs. moissanite/amora arguments around here. 

    In this case, I would not put laminate over hardwood. Refinish the hardwood or leave it as is.

    Post # 5
    Member
    11574 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    SeaOfLove:  definitely don’t cover the hardwood esp if it won’t match the other wood. Lots of buyers search for homes with hardwoods as a keyword, so I would leave the floors rather than cover them in your situation. Lots of first time home buyers would rather put the work into refinishing that not have hardwood. 

    Your neighborhood sounds cool! 

    Post # 7
    Member
    3307 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    No, a thousand times no to the laminate! 

    Post # 8
    Member
    2123 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    No laminate! Just tell your husband no, that’s a horrible idea. Real wooden floors are a selling point, so personally I’d invest a little now, fix it all up, and reap the benefits when you sell. If you don’t want to do that though, then just leave it alone. But don’t ruin it with laminate.

    Post # 10
    Member
    3307 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s surprisingly not that expensive to have wood floors refinished. The only problem is the dust it creates. But a shiny wood floor is a huge selling point. HUGE.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    I refinished mine prior to selling and it wasn’t expensive. I had one room with concrete floors that I installed laminate (you cannot put hardwood over concrete) and it WAS quite expensive in comparison – say $1000 vs. $3000.

    Post # 12
    Member
    2123 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    SeaOfLove:  noo talk him out of it! My parents bought a new house a few years ago. We wanted to lay wood flooring everywhere but my stepdad wanted carpets. As a compromise we did wood downstairs and carpet up. We all wish we’d talked him out of it at the time. We’ve since changed the stairs and landing to wood, and we’re about to change the bedrooms one at a time. Carpet was a serious waste of time and money. It’s just so much nicer and cleaner having wood floor.

    Post # 13
    Member
    725 posts
    Busy bee

    No laminate, especially on old home – looks so fake and out of place with everything else. Were I a buyer, even if the hardwood if a bit dinged up, I would still love it and already prepare to finish it myself/just love with the historic touches.

    The topic ‘Can any realtor/design bees give me advice on floor upgrade and resale value?’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors