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Come out from under the rug!

Hardwood flooring can add significant value to your home

Created date

August 25th, 2009

You may have a hidden treasure if you are preparing to sell a home that has hardwood floors covered by wall-to-wall carpeting. In today's market, you d be hard-pressed to find a home buyer who doesn t prefer hardwood floors. According to a survey of real estate agents across the country, 99% agree that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell, 82% say that homes with hardwood floors sell faster, and 90% report that homes with hardwood floors sell for more money. Buyers prefer hardwood floors for many reasons, but here are some of the top benefits: ' Longevity: Durable finishes that are easy to repair help hardwood floors last for many years. Warmth: Wood is a natural insulator due to thousands of tiny air chambers holding in heat. ' Hypoallergenic material: Unlike carpeting, wood floors do not give pollen, animal dander, and mold a place to hide and thrive. As a result, hardwood flooring is a popular choice for anyone with environmental allergies. It promotes a healthier indoor living environment in general. ' Low maintenance: A little sweeping and mopping are all it takes to keep your hardwood floors looking nice. And it s much easier to mop up a stain than to try to remove a spot from carpeting.

Show, don t tell

Your house will not have the same wow factor if you merely tell people that there is hardwood under the carpeting. Buyers need to be able to see it. So if you are hiding beautiful hardwood floor under wall-to-wall carpeting, now is the time to reveal that hidden treasure and sell your house.