Ask the Expert – What kind of new flooring to sell a house?

Q: Hi Christine, I am a new realtor and my client is asking me for advice about installing new floors before they sell. I think it is a great idea […]

Christine Rae

Christine Rae

Q: Hi Christine,
I am a new realtor and my client is asking me for advice about installing new floors before they sell. I think it is a great idea and frankly I am relieved they are already considering this step as the current flooring is not in good condition. My question is, what should I recommend? I personally love hardwood, but is it a good choice for selling?
– M. Richards, Regina, Canada

A: Well, M. Richards, you are right!

It is a relief the sellers are savvy enough to know that changing the flooring before marketing is a sound decision. A recent survey of buyers cited updated flooring as one of the top three interior features they looked for when buying a house. The material you recommend should depend on the price point of the house, the target buyer, their budget, and time. Hardwood is a safe choice; however, it can be expensive, take time, and care must be taken selecting the color of the wood. With eco consciousness on the rise, cork and bamboo are becoming a favorite choice, as are many of the new eco flooring finishes. Today’s engineered hardwood or laminate are good choices in appropriate price points, and flooring companies have so many choice varieties in porcelain tile. Take photos prior to selecting, or call a professional to help. Oh, and for price and speed, select carpet; it is best to choose a solid neutral.

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About Christine Rae

Christine Rae blends her passion for the staging and decorating industries, her desire for helping people develop their potential, the thrill of training to the presentation of the CSPâ„¢ workshop. She has honed her skills and built her knowledge through extensive training in a variety of disciplines. During the last five years Christine has trained over 1600 people and in 2004 was recipient of an International Staging Award. Christine believes a crucial part of success as a trainer is to keep your hand in the industry you speak and teach about. This is why she continues to work (outside of training sessions) at building her own staging business, and works with a select group of Realtors® . The best business anyone can have is from a referral - it is an honor and privilege to work with you and your sphere of influence. Wellness with Essential Oils: http://www.christineraelivingoils.com