Buying & Selling Your Home –  Should you replace your floors?  Refinish hardwoods?

The real estate market is hot, and many of our customers are looking to buy or sell a home.  Any real estate professional will tell you that first impressions matter, so much so, that 80% of prospective buyers know if a home is right for them within seconds of stepping inside, according to the “Psychology of House Hunting” report by BMO Financial Group.

So, what can you do to make sure your home is ready for showings?  Experts recommend cleaning, making repairs, organizing closets and cabinets, and staging your home to impress potential buyers.  When it comes to flooring, there aren’t a lot of options for quick fixes, but be sure and have your carpet cleaned and repaired, and if it is in rough shape, consider replacing it.  We have affordable carpet options in stock that will give your home a fresh look and take one more thing off the buyer’s moving to-do list.  Also, think about including area rugs in your staging plans.

What about hardwoods? 

Hardwood flooring is popular for its durability and ease of cleaning.  Potential buyers often have hardwoods on their must-have list, so if you have hardwoods that are in rough shape or are covered by carpet, you might be thinkingabout having them refinished.  Refinishing is a great option for restoring your floor’s luster and removing signs of wear and tear, and it is certainly more economical than replacement.



Hardwood flooring is popular for its durability and ease of cleaning. We love the classic look of this hardwood project we just finished.

Home improvement TV shows have skewed our perceptions somewhat about refinishing hardwood flooring and potential buyers should take note of this, too.  Cue the scene  . . . the potential home buyer peels back the corner of the worn, avocado-green carpet, and finds . . . ding ding ding . . . hardwoods!  SOLD!  Great news for buyer and seller, right?

Not so fast.  Unfortunately, all wood floors are not created equally.  And some aren’t even made of wood.

Let’s make this easy:

What types of wood flooring can be refinished?  Solid hardwood (100% solid wood boards, milled from lumber)

What types of wood flooring cannot be refinished?  Laminate flooring, most engineered hardwood, and solid hardwood with extreme damage or that have been sanded too many times

This may seem like common sense, but we regularly deliver the bad news to customers that their wood floors are not solid and can’t be refinished.  If you aren’t sure what type of wood floors you have, we will be happy to check for you.


Source: Armstrong

Refinishing could mean completely sanding, re-staining, and coating the floors, or if your hardwoods just have minor cosmetic issues, they may benefit from a less-invasive process called screening.  Our hardwood refinishing team can provide you with their professional opinion.   And on the topic of professionals, there are a whole host of reasons why we don’t recommend DIY refinishing, but we’ll save that for another blog post!

If you’re looking to replace or refinish your floors, we’re here to help.  We offer on-site consultations, measurements, and estimates at no charge and have thousands of samples in our showroom.

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