Buyers typically look down first instead of up – so having well prepared floors throughout your home is important to making a great first impression of the interior of your home. Special attention to your flooring is even more important if selling your home vacant since it will be most of what a buyer will see in any given room.  Follow these home flooring tips to sell your house quickly and for the most money!

Try to reduce the number of different flooring options in your home.  Having consistency throughout the home creates better flow from room to room which gives the appearance of larger spaces.

Have all grout and tile professionally cleaned to removed build up and grime.


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Steam clean your carpets to look fresh.  Use a professional you know provides a quality service or ask for a referral from your agent.  There is an obvious difference between a good carpet cleaning and a bad one; however, even the best steam cleanings cannot remedy every stain.

Any carpets that are extremely dirty, stained, worn, or vibrantly colored should be replaced.  Buyers like to see new, neutral colored carpets. This is especially important if you have pets. Even buyers who have pets don’t want to purchase a home that smell like other people’s animals. Don’t worry about putting in a super high quality carpet if you are replacing.  Something simple and affordable will still achieve the desired move-in ready look.

If the carpet is in a home that has had animals or any strong smells (ie: from smokers), the carpet pad may need to be replaced as well. An upgraded carpet pad can make builder-grade carpet seem much better than it is.

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Refinishing hardwood floors can take out scratches and give them a beautiful new looking shine for an affordable price.  Adding hardwoods is also a great way to increase your home’s value as well. Avoid laminates!

Vinyl Floors

Check all vinyl floors, especially in the bathrooms around the toilet and showers for any discolored or moist spots.  Any damaged area will need to be repaired before you list your home. Moisture problems cause serious concern for buyers, even it is a tiny easily-solved issue.