When people enter your home they usually look down before up, so that first step is vital for attracting a homebuyer and making a great first impression. This is one reason why more people are installing hardwood floors in their homes.
Hardwood flooring enhances the look of any room and can create a classic ambiance that will beautify the interior design of your home. Residential real estate agents agree that homes with wood floors hold their value better, sell faster and fetch higher prices.
In a survey by National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), 99 percent of real estate agents agreed that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell. The survey also found that 82 percent believe that homes with hardwood floors sell faster and 90 percent said they would sell for more money.
The American Hardwood Information Center adds that restoring hardwood flooring in the home is one of the best long-term investments to be made. They are environmentally friendly, forever fashionable, and will last for generations. Plus, hardwood floors have an expected life span of up to 100 years for certain premium hardwood flooring, which is a great investment and adds value to your home.
Real estate agents also agree that carpeting does not impress potential buyers, but hardwood floors are always a draw. A well-maintained wood floor imparts a warmth, depth and richness to a home’s decor that cannot be matched by carpeting or vinyl flooring.
Despite recent modern architectural trends in flooring, hardwood still competes well against floor tiles and other artificial materials such as laminates. Hardwoods come in a variety of colors and grains; light, medium or dark shades; and a variety of sizes, styles, finishes and species. Maple, mahogany and oak are the most popular woods, but some homeowners are investing in exotics such as Brazilian cherry.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has noted that indoor air quality is one of the top health threats and wood floors can help contribute to a healthy living environment. In fact, pesticides used in gardens and homes accumulate on floors and other surfaces in the home, but that wood floors greatly reduce the accumulation of such toxins. Hardwood floors also do not trap or harbor dust mites or molds.
Though wood floors will probably need to be refinished at some point, when properly taken care of they are much easier to maintain than other floor surfaces. For maintaining hardwood floors, regular sweeping of with a soft-bristle broom or dust mop to remove surface dirt and debris is recommended.
Having hardwood floors could be the difference between selling your home and watching a potential buyer walk out the door on a less appealing type of flooring.
Update on the current market conditions
The market conditions for sellers this year are fantastic! As I have written in previous articles, the inventory is very low, home sale prices are increasing, and buyers are looking for new inventory. The majority of my properties have accepted offers for asking price or above asking price within the first week on the market and for most we saw multiple offers. Buyers are relocating to this area, couples are down-sizing and families are buying up. With current interest rates remaining low and buyers looking for fresh inventory, this is an excellent time to sell your home.
Make the most of this summer season
If you choose to sell your home this summer, let me help you market, stage and prepare your home to sell in the shortest period of time. Let’s maximize first impressions and attract multiple offers by following the tips in this article.
Call me, Michelle Gillespie, at 508-934-9818 or send an email to [email protected].
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