If there is one thing that all estate agents and property experts agree on, it’s that dingy, torn and damaged flooring will not sell your property. So if you are looking to sell on your property, or rent it out to new tenants, here are some flooring-based tips for increasing the value and speeding up the selling process.
- Put new carpet down in your hall, stairs and landing
First impressions are vital and despite the fact that this is the first thing a prospective buyer or tenant will see, it is often neglected by homeowners and landlords alike. Brighten your reception area up with some neutral carpets (grey is set to be a hit in 2016). To open up the space either continue with the same carpet up the stairs or consider getting a carpet stair runner fitted.
- Wood flooring is falling out of fashion
Hardwood flooring has been all the rage since the early 2000s but carpet is making a fast resurgence. If you are selling a family home, carpet can often seal the deal. Carpets provide cushioning from falls and protect feet from the cold of laminate, wood and stone flooring in the mornings. It’s also worth considering the time of year you are trying to sell. Carpets are natural insulators, and wood flooring can feel very cold, so try to complement the seasons if you are looking for a quick sell.
- Looking after your flooring isn’t enough
Even if you vacuum twice a week and mop every other day, your flooring is still going to show signs of wear and tear. Unless you have original feature or expensive hardwood flooring we would advise replacing what you can. Colour is an incredibly important factor. If you want to sell your house it needs to be a blank canvas, so dark or bright colours can be very off putting. Tears, scrapes and stains will lose you sales, and clean, fresh, bouncy carpet will help potential buyers imagine themselves and their family in the space you are trying to sell.
The importance of fresh clean carpets and flooring is considerably underestimated. It may seem like a lot of hassle for a home you won’t even be living in for much longer, or for one you are just renting out. However, freshly installed flooring, in particular neutral coloured carpets, can hugely increase the resale value of your property as well as securing a quicker sale.