Homes with hardwood floors roared back to popularity at the early part of this century, in part due to growing health concerns. Many realized that housing’s standard of wall-to-wall carpeting can contribute to allergy and asthma difficulties in some individuals. Home buyers started looking for hardwood floor solutions on the market, and existing homeowners started considering resale demand.
Cleaning Homes with Hardwood Floors
Homes with hardwood floors, in addition to reducing allergens, add convenience when cleaning, especially with busy modern lifestyles. Gone are the days when a spilled cup of coffee or dirty boots became a permanent part of a room’s decor. Brooms and dry mops replace the need for chemical stain lifters and constant vacuuming.
“We call it stress-free living,” Miguel Berger, a real estate professional in Albany, N.Y. told Money magazine in a 2016 article discussing resale values. “The younger generation in particular would much rather spend their time entertaining at home than fussing over it.”
But hardwood floor owners also clean up when it comes to resell values. The Money magazine article estimates that installing hardwood floors can boost a sale price between 3 percent and 5 percent. A 2016 MacWoods survey of interior designers also found 76 percent of those surveyed recommended hardwood as a boost to resale value. In addition to durability and ease of cleaning, hardwood floors often provide that “blank slate” real estate agents stress when showing homes. Neutral floor coloring, such as red oak, white oak and pine allow potential buyers to imagine their styles within a home. Recent trends with younger buyers include wider wood planks and wood with less noticeable grains, such as bamboo.
Homes with hardwood floors can reduce your cleaning while boosting your resale value. If it’s time for you to explore your options, visit us at U.S. Hardwood and Carpet.