Hardwood floors are a classic, and they are back in demand with a very strong appeal to both young and old buyers.
Floors are a key feature buyers notice in your home. Buyers will notice how worn they are and if they need to be replaced. Fresh floors go hand in hand with fresh paint. They are very welcoming to buyers, and gives you a psychological edge to have them begging for your home.
Should you clean or replace?
Cleaning your flooring thoroughly is a less expensive option. Installing new floor coverings of any kind including carpeting, hardwood or tile, can get pricey. Costs vary widely based on the size of your rooms and the flooring material used. Use these cleaning tips to avoid expensive flooring work.
Carpets take a beating. General traffic, pets, children, muddy shoes, coffee, and wine all leave their calling cards on your carpeting. Unless you have been extremely fussy about your carpeting, it will show signs of use. This job calls for more than a good vacuum.
Shampoo: You can often rent or purchase a carpet shampooer inexpensively. If your carpet does not have stains, spruce it up with a good washing. You should see a significant difference in both the smell and look of your carpet, Buyers will notice the fresh, clean feeling, too.
Steam Clean: Stained carpets need more in-depth treatment than a regular carpet shampooer can offer, if that is the case, go with a steam cleaning and spot treatment. If you are dealing with severe stains or damage, get a cleaning estimate from a professional. Then compare the price to replacing the carpet Cleaning can make a tremendous difference, and save the cost of replacement.
Sometimes deep cleaning works, but if it cannot remove a stubborn stain, you may be able to cover with an area rug. Adding a tasteful area or throw rug may make a room a little more attractive for showings,
Don't be dishonest about a trouble spot. If your carpet is in bad shape that a steam cleaning did not take out the stains, it will be evident to buyers the carpet needs to be replaced.
Even if your carpet is beyond the help of a professional cleaning, you may not want to replace it.
New carpeting is an expense for most people to fit into their budgets, Carpet, like paint, is a personal choice. It would be a shame to re-carpet, only to discover a family loved everything about your house but the carpeting you purchased
Instead, work with what you have. Clean it and put down rugs, Keep it vacuumed. Avoid eating in carpeted rooms. Confine pets to rooms with washable floors for easy mopping. Do everything you can to keep the carpet looking its best.
If a buyer loves everything in your home, except for the worn or stained carpeting, they might overlook it. They may be willing to negotiate or accept a flooring allowance in your final contract,
Obviously, a clean carpet is best. These options can help you keep costs low while making a good impression.
Other Flooring Types
Take the same approach with other types of flooring. No matter the material, if you have a floor that is a little worse for wear, clean it thoroughly. Pay attention to details that vary on each material.
Hardwood floors can probably get by with a good wax. Vacuum the joints where dirt accumulates. Have refinishing be a last resort. Give your tile floors a heavy scrubbing. Clean the grout joints in between the tiles. If that doesn't work, have it re-grouted.
In some instances, you might feel the only option is to replace the flooring. Make this also a last resort. You might be pleasantly surprised how some tender loving care can make a floor shine!
When non-carpet flooring need repairing, compare the cost of replacement with hiring a professional to repair it. It may be cheaper to install new flooring than to pay for repairs.
If your current flooring is damaged beyond repair, you may have to replace it. When you do, consider less expensive flooring. For example, vinyl self-stick tiles are inexpensive, easy to install, and simple to replace when damaged.