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Old 01-22-2009, 07:13 PM   #1
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Just considering some home-improvement options.

We currently have finished-in-place hardwood flooring in the foyer and dining room. We definitely want to finish out the downstairs and steps in hardwood, but I'm thinking about doing the upstairs as well.

What do y'all think would be more attractive to a buyer? Hardwood throughout or carpeted bedrooms and vinyl or tiled full baths?
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I have had both in my bed room and I like carpet a lot more. As far as resale goes IDK
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I think full hardwood would be more appealing to the eyes, and it would probably bring more money, but I don't like the very cold floors in the morning.
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Hardwood always seems more impressive, especially in an older home, 70 year old wood floors sure beat even 10-20 year old carpet. In a contemporary home, carpet in the bedrooms and upstairs hall is common with tile in bathrooms, as well as the hardwood on the main floor.

I do, however miss having carpet, my house is 73 years old and has maple floors throughout.
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i like carpet,...keeps the room warmer in the winter, more home-like, etc but however wood is more expensive and takes lots of work to maintain. carpets get dirty and people re-carpet. Wood is an expensive option to add to a home and it will outsell carpet any day of the week
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are you wanting to sell it soon....or somewhere down the line?

hardwood upstairs bedrooms is probably overkill. getting the downstairs and steps done in hardwood is more than enough to advertise it as "hardwood floors" and to get that on a buyers mind. i'd do a nicer tile (floor & shower) in the bathrooms and go with carpet in the bedrooms.
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carpet in bedrooms, hardwood in living room etc

i have a neighbor that marbelled his whole house. bedrooms, bathrooms, everything. his bedroom floors are cold as hell all the time
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are you wanting to sell it soon....or somewhere down the line?

hardwood upstairs bedrooms is probably overkill. getting the downstairs and steps done in hardwood is more than enough to advertise it as "hardwood floors" and to get that on a buyers mind. i'd do a nicer tile (floor & shower) in the bathrooms and go with carpet in the bedrooms.
Depends on what else we can do. If we can add on or do a detached garage, we're here another ten years. If not, maybe three to five. I haven't checked the the lot plan to see if we can expand or not.

My folks did hardwood downstairs, including the downstairs master. Upstairs hallways and one bedroom are hardwood, the other three bedrooms are carpeted. I'm thinking that makes more sense to me - do the full downstairs, stairs, upstairs hallway, and then I guess tile the upstairs bathrooms. I hate the idea of tile in the morning, but leaving it vinyl would be out of place. I'd rather have wood than tile.
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probably hardwood. carpet is gonna be trashed by the time you sell the house.

unless you just get it recarpeted before you sell, which i garuntee will still be cheaper than hardwood.
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hardwood.

dont sell right now, its going to be hard as hell will all the inventory around
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hardwood.

dont sell right now, its going to be hard as hell will all the inventory around
My area isn't quite as bad as most, especially for starter houses, but there are three others for sale in my small neighborhood. I think our place would sell before two of them, but I'm not looking to get out in the next few years anyway. Not if I can help it.
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My parents are redoing their whole house with hardwood floors. I'd take wood over carpet any day.
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i love carpet. feels warmer on the feet. wood gets cold in the winter unless you have heated floors.
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hardwood, you can always lay a rug down. My mom used to work in real estate and said hard wood FTW!! Literally she said hardwood f t w she then asked when i was gonna dump her ek!!!!!
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Hardwoods Definately. no way carpet could compare to wood. do not buy cheap **** either. cheapy laminate flooring. Bamboo Flooring is really popular right now. along with the exotic woods.
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hardwood in the bedrooms. tile in the bathrooms. my pops put brazilian cherry everywhere upstairs except the bathrooms and it looks and feels nice. it doesn't get cold in the mornings either. it looks a lot better than carpet too. and it will add value to your house if you decide to sell it later, just take care of it.
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i just don't think the input to output ($) is worth it to hardwood the entire upstairs.
if you do the downstairs/stairs/upstairs hallway you still get the aura of hardwood and you can list the home at a higher price, but you also get the feel/warmth of carpet in the bedrooms and you save some money.

we've done a couple million+ homes with hardwood floors and the bedrooms still get carpet.

better off spending the saved money on upgrading the kitchen or bathrooms imho.
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amazingly hardwood is better but sucks every ounce of dust can be seen. id rather have carpet and worry about it only ever 2-3 days than need to tell my gf to sweep and swiffer everyday
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you should watch some real estate shows. HGTV. hardwoods through out the house cept for bathrooms always increase the value. you will definately see a 15-20% gain in value from hardwood vs carpeting.
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if you are going to resale for the max amount of profit then, hardwood.

carpet will yield minimal gains in resale.
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I personally like hardwood in kitchen/living room areas.

Carpet is great for the bedroom hallways and rooms themselves.

My parents are firm believers that their houses sell better when converted to hardwood. Hardwood is also very pleasing to the eyes IMO
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I personally like hardwood in kitchen/living room areas.

Carpet is great for the bedroom hallways and rooms themselves.

My parents are firm believers that their houses sell better when converted to hardwood. Hardwood is also very pleasing to the eyes IMO
carpet sucks in high traffic areas because the carpet will get dirty. this is why people usually do what presto said. carpet is more comfortable imo. it's warmer and you can sit on it without having it hurt your ***.
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Hardwood + radiant floor heating is the best flooring combination hands down.
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Hardwood + radiant floor heating is the best flooring combination hands down.
electric radiant floor heating is super expensive because of the monthly costs. the piping sounds like a better idea financially in the long run, but copper piping might be really expensive still and it would be hard to deal with piping on a house that is already built, but it would be something I would look into if i was looking at building a house.
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Different flooring has different uses. The answer is, it depends. What is more cost effective for you? I saw a post above that said use exotic hardwood or bamboo. If your house does not cost a whole lot using these is pointless, and will not be worth it (as opposed to laminate). Granite countertops etc are the same way. There is a post above about radiant flooring. Again, while nice, this is a premium accessory. Do you have a 500k house? Asking H-T this question nets you opinions from loads of people who don't own a house and have no knowledge of your place. Best not to take these opinions to seriously.
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