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Carpeting vs Hardwood: which floors you should choose?

Carpeting vs Hardwood: which floors you should choose?

Choosing correctly when you add home flooring can be a challenge. Some options can raise the value of your home and make it more appealing for buyers when you decide to sell. But you also want to consider your own comfort, style, and budget. Here is a short comparison of carpet and hardwood floors to help you make the right decision for your home.

Carpeted floors in your home

Carpet is no longer the most popular option buyers are looking for when they are looking for a home. But that doesn't mean you should get rid of all the carpet in your house. Today the trend is to have hard surface floors on the lower level of the home, but carpet upstairs.

Carpeted floors are particularly comfortable and appropriate in bedrooms, and perhaps family rooms too where kids tend to sit and play on the floor.

It is best when you get the thick comfortable carpeting with good padding beneath. Thin carpet that doesn't offer much cushion might as well be replaced with a hard surface. Carpet does come with a few downsides, in that it holds allergens, stains, and odors, and needs more attentive and involved cleaning than a hard surface. But a lush, quality carpet in the right area of the home can be just what you need to be comfortable.

Hardwood floors in your home

Hardwood and hard surface floors are definitely the go-to option today for buyers and for people looking to update their homes. They are stylish, easier to clean, less prone to collecting home allergens, and can raise value of a house depending on the type you install. There are many different types of hardwood floors and hard surfaces, so you can choose an affordable option for your budget. Genuine solid wood is the most expensive, and also gives you the biggest boost in home value.

Engineered wood is still wood flooring, but it uses wood veneers and is more affordable. Both are the higher end options for hard surface floors. You can also choose tile or vinyl for something more affordable. These options give you the convenience of a hard surface without the high price tag. Hard surface floors are great in living rooms, dining rooms, and all throughout the first floor. Some people like to fit entire houses with hard surface flooring and then add accent rugs where they are wanted. Hard surface floors are very popular with buyers, and a great option if you are looking to update your home before a sale.

Hardwood or flooring hard surfaces are usually the better option today, but carpet is okay in bedrooms and upper stories. Your realtor can help you make the best decision for your home if you are looking to sell, or help you find a home with the right floors if you are buying. Contact one of our realtors today for expert help.

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Tanya Stewart

Ms. Stewart holds a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Juris Doctorate law degree from the University of Georgia, Athens. She has over 15 years of experience running different businesses. She taught Marketing and Strategy for the Georgia branch of GKIC, a global Entrepreneurship & Marketing company.

GKIC influences more than 1 million business owners per year. Tanya specializes in Strategy for the business and implementation of the tactics necessary to execute the Companys plan. She also develops content, creates and refines campaigns and manages agents and staff to keep them on task. As a professional speaker and published author, she is articulate and persuasive, and serves as the American face of the company.

Her happy journey from Engineering-Psychology and through Law school merged into 15 years running different businesses. A professional speaker and published author, she has taught Marketing and Strategy for the Georgia branch of GKIC, a global Entrepreneurship & Marketing company that influences more than 1 million business owners per year. In seeking a new way to be of service, she Co-Founded HelpFindingMyAgent.com to combine her love of digital marketing and people.

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