Many home improvement companies tout the benefits of various home improvements on resale value. Your choice in flooring will also affect your home’s value when it comes time to sell. If you know you will be selling your home in the next five years you should consider what comparable homes in the area have for their flooring. Look at ads for open houses and on Zillow, or speak with a local agent and ask what home buyers are looking for. Although similar home’s flooring should be a consideration, the deciding factor should be what you want for your home and what your budget allows.

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Wood Flooring

When you look at images in a real estate listing it’s impossible to tell if the floors are real hardwood, engineered wood, or even laminate. If the floors are real hardwood, chances are good that’s highlighted somewhere in the listing. Homes in higher price points are expected to have quality flooring like real hardwood in the main living areas.

Hardwood flooring and engineered wood floors are both good choices if you live in a mid-range neighborhood. You’ll find a mix of everything from hardwood down to laminate and being able to offer quality real wood floors will benefit your home when it comes time to sell. Choosing the right finish also contributes to resale value. Try to avoid anything too trendy or too extreme.

Tile Flooring

Tampa area home buyers love tile. Some home buyers prefer tile in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms while others want tile throughout. You won’t know what your future buyer wants so choose what you want in your home. Just make sure to select a tile that is neutral, larger than 8”X8” square, and modern looking. Buyers don’t want slick white or cream tile in any room.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

If you have a space in your home that needs a good looking floor but wood and tile aren’t what you want, consider luxury vinyl tile (LVT). LVT is durable and much more forgiving to stand on than real tile. It comes in a variety of colors and styles from those that mimic traditional tile to that which appears to be wood.

Resale shouldn’t be your primary reason for choosing a specific type of flooring but you should factor that in it if you plan on selling your home in the next few years. If you’re looking for input from a local flooring company who has experience installing a variety of flooring types in all price points of homes and condos, contact Seer Flooring at 727-785-1930 for your free in home consultation.