Should You Replace Your Flooring Before You Sell?

Should You Replace Your Flooring Before You Sell?

When it’s time to sell your home so you can move on to the next stage of your life in retirement, nothing shows the history of your life there more than your flooring. If you have lived in your home for decades, your carpets may be dirty, matted, and thread-bare, even if you clean them frequently. Wood floors have become dull and scratched, while vinyl tile is ripped or scratched.

What To Do About Old Flooring

Real estate professionals often disagree on whether it’s better to sell home as is and price it accordingly, offer buyers a flooring allowance, or replace flooring where necessary. As a seller, it can be a tough decision to determine what to do about the floors without spending a fortune. The fact is that some homebuyers buy a home and replace flooring, paint, and wall coverings to reflect their own taste, so the money you spend to upgrade flooring may be a waste of money. Since many want a move in ready home or lack the vision to see past worn carpeting and scratched floors, some sellers opt to replace old worn carpeting with low-quality new carpeting.

You first need to assess the state of your floors. Carpeting may respond well to a good cleaning, while cleaning and a couple of coats of floor acrylic can do wonders for wood floors. If you are on a limited budget and these basic revitalization steps improve the appearance of your home, your real estate agent may recommend that you list your house without making a major investment.


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Consider Buyer Preferences When Replacing Flooring

When your home needs new flooring to make it show better when you have it on the market, you should consider current buyer preferences which often lean toward hardwood floors rather than carpeting. Since the 1980s, many homeowners want hardwood in their living and dining room, along with hardwood or tile in kitchens. They like carpet or hardwood in bedrooms.

If your home was built prior to the 1970s, your original flooring might have been hardwood rather than plywood subflooring; after removing the carpeting, you might find that you already have hardwood that needs a bit of refinishing to make it appealing to buyers. Adding new hardwood on top of subflooring is a costly job, but if you have hardwood already in place, you may be money ahead by refurbishing what you have.

Consult With Me Before Making A Flooring Decision

When replacing the flooring is necessary, you have plenty of affordable choices to select from. Besides carpeting or hardwood, high quality laminate offers the appearance of wood at less cost; wood grain porcelain tile works well in kitchens and entryways.

In deciding what to do about flooring, I, as your real estate agent can offer you insights about what is selling in your area. You will find that my recommendations might vary depending on whether your current home is in the moderately priced area versus an upscale one. I understand that your goal is to sell your home for a reasonable price without making a major investment that will not pay off.

If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, call me today.

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Roy Thomas SRES is a Senior’s Real Estate Specialist and a REALTOR® with Sutton Group-Professional Realty. Licensed since 1991, much of Roy’s practice is helping retirees with their later in life moves. Roy can be reached at 902-497-3031, by email: or read other articles online at

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 Should You Replace Your Flooring Before You Sell?Roy Thomas SRES® (Senior’s Real Estate Specialist) is a REALTOR® with Sutton Group Professional Realty. Since 1991 Roy specializes in helping retirees with their later in life real estate transactions. If you are contemplating a move and would like a complimentary copy of Roy’s guide to downsizing entitled “Preparing to Downsize” please click here