For most of us, owning a home is our largest asset and so we want to make it the best version of itself, so it grows in value by the time it’s listed for sale. While there are many ways to add value to a home, both within the property and outdoors, there is no doubt that making the right flooring choices should be top of the list.
After all, flooring is the most expensive chattel. It’s highly visible and homebuyers will either give it the thumbs up or thumbs down almost immediately during the viewing. We also use our visual, touch and smell senses with flooring so choose the best you can afford and if you can lay it just before your open-home viewing, so buyers smell its newness. Even investors know to replace the carpet before selling the property. The quality is less important than it’s age. Here are a few tips for flooring selection.
As a homeowner, you want the property to feel homely and personal. However, you want to keep an eye on the price too. This is one area of the home where you get what you pay for, and embracing the latest innovations will work wonders. Coloured concrete is a great option for kitchens and hallways. When coupled with underfloor heating, the home gains a wow factor for you as well as future potential buyers.
The options are near endless as 3D resin floors can be enhanced with digital graphics and images for a sense of personalisation. Ceramics and porcelain tiles offer great customisation while it’s easier to replace one broken tile too. Stain-resistant laminates also offer a cheap solution that replicates the wood look. These can be easily restored when a section becomes damaged. If carpets are used, a thicker premium solution is for the best.
When living in a luxury property, the flooring choices can have a huge impact on the aesthetic and value, therefore to bring the ‘wow factor’ to your home, the right materials must be selected. Marble flooring is a particularly popular option for a stunning sense of grandeur. Alternative stone materials can be utilised too. In any case, the light colour schemes can make the home look even bigger.
High-quality solid hardwood and engineered wood can work wonders too. Like marble and stone, they can be quite expensive. However, the durability, easy maintenance and bolstered property value make it a worthy investment. Just remember that they can shrink and expand throughout the year.
With a buy-to-let property, or fix-and-flip do-upper, you want to achieve a result that maximises the appeal to tenants without costing huge amounts. In truth, you’ll probably want to avoid the expensive hardwoods. Vinyl and laminates can be a good alternative as you gain some of the aesthetic beauty and, crucially, maintain a sense of durability.
Carpets are another option despite being low-yielding and potentially less durable. However, you’ll want to choose a solution with good synthetics like nylon and polyester while a darker colour is usually advised. After all, you don’t want the tenants to ruin it. You may replace before coming to sell but won’t wish to do so when switching tenants. A solution that will last is key.
The Final Word
For the floors to create the desired results, they need to be supported by the right surroundings. Still, get this feature right, and it will set the right tone for your enjoyment as well as do wonders for the property’s value.