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The housing market may be very buoyant at the moment and people are getting top prices for their homes.  But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do what you can to increase the value of your house when you are planning to put it on the market.  One of the best and most effective ways to do this is with flooring options.

Why upgrade the flooring in a home you are selling?

Upgrading or changing the flooring in a home you plan to sell might seem like a waste of money at first glance.  After all, you are not going to get the benefit from it!

But you are, just in different ways.  That’s because the right flooring creates that great first impression.  You want people to enter the home, glance at the floor and be impressed.  Or think how easy it would be to keep the floor clean and tidy.  Or how comfortable the carpet is to walk on.

That first impression is invaluable and can help you get the most for your property when selling.  So while you directly might not get as much use out of the flooring when you move, it does benefit your bank balance when you sell the house.

What kind of flooring should you consider?

When you plan to sell a house, the work you do on it should have more of a focus on the people buying the house than you.  Okay, you don’t know who they are yet but that’s why things like trends can help.  What are people into that you would also be okay with?

A classic example is laminate flooring.  People love it – it is easy to look after, tough enough to withstand kids and pets and it looks stunning.  So, one great option is to add laminate flooring to key rooms of the house.  You get those benefits, and it will be a big plus for the next owners.

Another example is carpet – the right carpet in the right rooms.  Also, think about colours and patterns.  While you might adore turquoise, is a bright aqua carpet going to catch a buyer’s eye in all the wrong ways?  That’s why putting your own tastes on hold a little can be a smart move when selling a home.

The right flooring for the rooms

The final thing to consider is if the flooring you are considering is the right type for the room.  An example is hardwood floors – these are stunning for living rooms and bedrooms but don’t do so well in a bathroom.  The high-water content and humidity can cause them to warp over time.

Think about selling your house and how you can point out the benefits of the flooring you have added to a potential buyer.  This laminate flooring that will hold up to the kids running around and can wipe clean in minutes if they forget to wipe their feet.  This plush carpet in the bedroom stops your feet getting cold on a midnight toilet trip.

Upgrading your flooring can increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers.  All you need to do it get the right mentality about it and think like a seller, not a homeowner.