Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

at least start with one room to show buyers what the wood could look like. Removing carpet to show hardwood floors is a step in the right direction. You may be pleasantly surprised by the relatively low cost of refinishing hardwood, so it's usually an investment that gets a strong ROI. It will certainly help you sell your house faster. Few other flooring options even come close to hardwood in popularity. However, ceramic is also one of the more expensive options available. Between budget, comfort, and ease of installation and care, there are several factors to consider in favour of hardwood.

CARPET

Carpeting is the flooring that most of us grew up with. While hardwood had been the norm for many years, during the second half of the 20th century, carpet quickly overcame bare wood, covering our bedrooms, living rooms, and even creeping into dining and bathroom areas. While carpeting has fallen out of favour in recent years, and is not the ideal seller it once was, carpet does still have many positive qualities. These include the fact that it absorbs sound better than any other option on the market, making it nice if you have young children or pets. Speaking of young children, they tend to fall down a lot, and carpet provides a much softer impact. It also retains heat better than a harder option and is more comfortable to walk on when barefoot in general — both perks in colder environments. Finally, it is considerably less expensive than many other options at $2-$15 per square foot, according to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA).

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