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Best Flooring Styles for Selling My Home

It’s no secret that a home with beautiful flooring makes an impression on potential home buyers. My clients will tell me “I love this floor but I’m worried someone won’t like this floor when I try and sell the house”. Flooring trends are changing rapidly with advancing technology in textures, structures, and a race to wider-longer planks. It can be difficult for even flooring professionals to keep up with all the changes. So what’s the right answer for balancing a flooring you love with flooring which will hold the highest long-term value?

Time Frame

Before considering what other people might like about your home, you have to first ask yourself the most important question. “When do I plan to sell my home?” Be realistic about this one; the answer might be within the next year or after my kids are off to college. If your answer is within the next year, this will put more importance on selecting a flooring which is trendy and stylish. Trendy colors and styles can breathe new life into an old home, giving the home more appeal to buyers who are exposed to changing design trends in magazines and online. For tips on trendy home designs, Houzz.com is a great resource.

On the other hand, if you do not plan to sell your home for 3+ years, it is nearly impossible to predict where new flooring technology and design trends will take us. It might be best to aim for a more conservative approach and select timeless classics and natural colors. Whatever style you select, it will be important to consider all the other aspects of your space.

Fitting Together

I always say any floor can look good in the right context. The difficult part is finding the right pieces for the puzzle. The number one most important aspect of selecting the right floor is to consider other woodwork such as baseboards, cabinets, and irreplaceable furniture. These things are costly to change and directly touching your flooring. Next, you may want to consider countertops, paint, and backsplash. While some of these are still costly to change, they offer a degree of separation with other materials in between.

Should I match my cabinets or not? The flooring does not always have to match the woodwork. In fact, designers often aim to provide a stark contrast between the flooring and woodwork to give the area more defining features. Remember color is not the only thing that can have contrast, nowadays you often see minimalist designs with clean lines mixed with rustic high texture high character hardwood flooring. The combination of these aspects produces amazing results. Work with your designer to achieve the perfect look for your needs.

Buyer Persona

When selling your home it’s important to visualize a potential buyer. Is it an urban, suburban, or rural location? Are you targeting newlyweds or retirees? A young couple looking to buy a condo downtown has very different taste than empty nesters looking to retire on a farmhouse ranch. Young urban home buyers are interested in wider planks, neutral tones, and high durability. Older home buyers may take a more conservative route with traditional timeless beauties such as Black Walnut, Brazilian Cherry, or Hickory. After you have a clear vision of your target audience, this will help you select the right floor for maximizing resale.

Have a question for coming up with a Buyer Persona? Abita Wood Floors is a flooring company specializing in flooring options, give us a call today or tell us about your project online.

5 Top Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2020

Hardwood flooring is always an elegant choice for a home. It’s timeless yet trendy, and if you invest in a higher-quality variant for 2020, it can last a lifetime. If you’re looking to renovate your home’s flooring, follow these hardwood flooring trends to create a beautiful look that will add value to your home.

Wider Planks

The last decade saw an increase in width for flooring trends. Wide hardwood can go up to twelve inches wide. The final look of it can make a room feel grand in scale. The reason wide planks are becoming more popular is that it makes the room look much more spacious and opens up opportunities to appreciate natural grain patterns.

Earth Tones

For a timeless look, the earth tones will be the best bet. This is one of the more popular color choices for hardwood this year because of its simplicity and elegance. Adding whitewash to wood grains of a natural earth tone is a great way to introduce more neutral colors. Enhanced color treatments are typically offered at a higher price tag. However, the final look of it is stunning and can be worth the investment.

Environmentally Friendly

Many more manufacturers are adopting eco-conscious and greener options for creating their planks since the demand for environmentally friendly flooring options is rising. Luckily, there are plenty of options! Natural sealants are becoming more common than traditional polyurethane. There are also variants of wood that are quickly renewable such as cork and bamboo.

Air Quality

While many think of eco-friendly as good for the world, consumers are becoming much more informed on the effects of formaldehyde and VOCs in homes. Look for Green Guard certification, Carb 2 compliance, and even special air-purifying finishes. Healthy choices for families with pets are young children are especially important.

Distressed Wood

Right now, the weather and distressed look aren’t just for clothes–it is a trend for hardwood floors! Some distressed wood techniques are a little “out there”, but don’t let that stray you away from this type of flooring, as it can give a room a total vintage and beachy look to it. Common distressing techniques include saw marks, wirebrushing, and lye treatment. Over time, the wood will conceal the damage so that you will end up with a beautifully aged hardwood flooring.