The best flooring to install when flipping a house

Best flooring to install when flipping a house

Flooring is arguably one of the most important aspects of a home. It’s also a very expensive upgrade and can make or break your potential profit. It’s also an easy way to add value—provided you do it correctly. So what type of flooring should you install in a house you are trying to flip?

Hardwood floors are the best choice

Hardwood floors are what homeowners are looking for. In certain markets, hardwood floors are actually expected and some buyers will walk away from a home without them.

When you’re dealing with a house that you’re trying to flip, it’s all about looking at opportunities to make some extra money. If the flooring is worn out, it might be time to consider updating it. Sometimes putting in all new flooring, or pulling the carpet up and putting down prefinished floors can be far less expensive than you might think. Thankfully there are way more options for flooring than in years past.

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Adding a hardwood floor is one of the biggest and most important decisions when renovating a home. A poor floor can bring down the value of an otherwise fantastic renovation, so you will definitely want to invest in hardwood floors.

If the home already has hardwood floors, Then you’re in luck! Rather than ripping up old tile or carpet, you can hire a hardwood flooring pro to refinish them. You can even give them an entirely new color to update them, or simply give them a fresh coat of finish to breathe new life into them.

Don’t skimp on quality

Even though carpets are much cheaper and replacing a worn-down carpet with a newer carpet may seem tempting in order to save money and put more profit in your pocket, investing in hardwood floors instead, though it may be more expensive, can significantly improve the resale value of your home (homes with hardwood floors sell for up to 10% more than homes with carpets). It also gives the future homeowners many more options when it comes to refinishing or staining the floors in the future to their hearts’ content. You’ll want to ensure that any hardwood floors you select are of high quality.

When it comes to colors…

Try light or neutral colors or a dark color. Matte and/or low-sheen finishes are increasingly preferred. For a fresh and clean look, go for light or neutral colors. Some of the most popular colors for flooring include light and neutral colors, such as beige, off-white, and cream. Other popular shades include darker colors like ebony or chocolate brown. Light colors will typically make the house appear more spacious and bright. Using dark wood gives the room a rich, warm look and it also works well in big spaces with high ceilings. 

A low-sheen finish often makes the floor appear to be more expensive than it actually is. It will also reveal less damage over time compared to a glossy or semi-gloss finish.

Go wider

Wide plank floors are typically equated with luxury and can really make a space feel larger and more airy. Pair that with a matte finish to add to the effect. Using an engineered product is recommended because it provides the extra stability needed with wide planks. 

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