(Closed) Selling our Apartment… what to do about the hardwood floors?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

I’m pro making the property you are selling look as good as possible before it goes on the market.  Since you can’t see much of the floors – how noticable do you think it is?  If it’s enough that it’s a negative aspect of the home, I’d have someone come in and do them for you.  They are experts and can figure out the logistics of moving furniture and where it should go.  On the other hand, if it’s not that bad- as a homebuyer, I don’t expect a home that’s been lived in to be showroom quality.  Worn wood floors would not be a deal-breaker to me or something I’d request credit for…. unless they were REALLY bad.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually really like they gray walls, what I don’t like is the clashing wood tones of the kitchen cabinets and the floors – two totally different color families. Hardwoods are supposed to be ridiculously durable. The hardwood floors in our house are almost 100 years old, and are in excellent shape. So, it could be an issue of poor quality flooring more than hardwoods being “bad”. If you are concerned, I would say either add an allowance for refinishing onto the sales contract (and make sure the listing agent mentions it to potential buyers!) or tell people that you will be redoing them inbetween moving out and closing. I think buyers would love the option of choosing the finish color – I would definitely change it from its current color if I were your buyer.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Its up to you but, hardwoods are Super popular so any money you put in you’ll get it back probably times 3. Can you put some stuff in storage for now? you’re moving anyways.. If it were me Id do the floors. Buyers are just going to see it as a tado, money they have to spend and you may lose some/get lower offers.. Therer are fewer buyers that want to fix things.. they want move in ready.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We bought our 4 year old house and the floors weren’t pristine. It didn’t bother me too terribly much, but we might redo them some day just because. You make it sound like yours are pretty bad though – have you looked into how much it would cost to redo? 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

What about area rugs to cover he really bad spots for showings? Then if a potential buyer brings it up you can offer a credit. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Usually property is sold “As-Is” and I’d just sell it the way it is. The new owners can choose to refinish or replace the flooring. Who knows, maybe they prefer a different wood or even carpet!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Also, I would suggest removing some furniture in general. You don’t want a place stuffed to the gills- makes it seem small and like there’s no room to grow. Have only the necessities. I watch too much HGTV!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ask your realtor- what give you more for the bucks.  They are the experts.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@mamadingdong:  Ive been attempting to ween myself from all the wedding shows by moving to HGTV and DIY.  But now Im addicted to both- thank gawd for DVR

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mamadingdong:  ME too! Im a HGTV junkie! lol Its true though, home staging is VERY important.

 

We are home/land shopping. We might fresh build, I want land and a farm! lol I want to grow a pumpkin patch and a sunflower field! Oh and a barn!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Styles:  check out landandhome.com

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If I could tell you the things I found after I bought my place!!! I think it normal but maybe I have questionable morals??? 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

I would refinish the floors. Have your SO and his friends rent a floor sander and take turns sanding the floors down. Sanding and staining them is relatively easy. Just go the DIY network and see if it’s something you can handle.

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