My wife wants hardwood floors in or master bedroom to replace old
carpeting. We are not planning to sell anytime soon but I don't want
to negatively impact resale value or do something unattractive to most
Is that an odd thing to do?
Will it turn of buyers or will they like it?
At one time, it was pretty much standard operating procedure. It will
be impossible to tell whether a particular prospective buyer will
like/dislike it, so there's no point in worrying about it at that level
of detail. In general, well done and of good quality consistent with
the rest of the house, it will almost certainly make no great
difference in overall house valuation.
I'll note that if you're in an area of cold weather winters that
stepping out on a bare hardwood floor in the morning is an awakening
experience which is a lot of why there was the change towards carpeting
for bedrooms (as well as the cost differential for tract/speculative
houses, of course), so you'll probably end up with at least area rugs,
And, as another pointed out, it's simple enough to lay carpet over it
if that's what a future owner desires--there are certainly a lot of
hardwood floors underneath carpet all over...
I think I have severe allergies and, as a result, have stripped my entire
home of carpet. We also don't have any upholstered furniture and I've
sanded the walls down to bare finish. Never can be too careful. We
installed a sealed chamber in the kitchen to contain the jar of peanut
butter. I'm not allergic but someone might be. Never can be too careful.
Have you considered just leveling your home and selling the land? Might
make sense. Don't know what someone may be allergic to. Those who want a
roof know where to buy tents. Never can be too careful.
Don't cheapen out on hardwood floors. Factory finishes are in demand.
Stained or more exotic woods are in demand now, not just plain varnished
oak, which always looks cheap now. There are also many poor quality Chinese
made floors available where the wood was not properly aged and dried. They
check and split and peel the finish under varying humidity and temperature
I help out on the web site development for a company that has some
interesting articles on what does and doesn't add to the house value -
hardwood floors almost always do.
I recently put up on their site an article on increasing property
values that they had written. It may help you work out whether your
changes will add value.
Check it out at: <http://www.SaferBuilding.com/advice/
Much to my wife's dismay I put slate in my hallway. Living in central
oregon she was worried about the cold. I put electric heat under the
slate when I installed it and she loves it! When researching the under
floor heating system I came across a few that were made to go under
manfactured wood flooring. Some thine you might want to check out?
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