When it comes to flipping a house for sale, there are a lot of decisions you’ll need to make. Josh Alban offer tips and advice for choosing the best flooring for your house flip.
From carpet to hardwood, laminate to vinyl, how do you know which flooring to pick? There are many considerations, including individual preference, budget, and real estate trends, so ask yourself key questions before installing
But by thinking strategically about your options, you can choose the best flooring for your house flip.
Use Carpet For Comfort
Carpet is soft, comfortable, and quiet. It makes rooms feel cozy and warm. It’s great for bedrooms, kids rooms, and finished basements where a touch of warmth and softness makes the room feel nicer.
And just because living rooms are often floored with hardwood these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t stick with a more traditional look and feel of carpet. Really, it’s all about the ambiance you want in your home — a snug and traditional family home or a clean, modern dwelling.
It’s also worth mentioning that replacing old carpet with new carpet is easier than replacing it with a different type of flooring. Depending on the subfloor and the condition of the carpet padding, rolling out new carpet is often cheaper and faster than putting down hardwood, paneling, or tile. If you have big carpeted rooms, a short timescale, or a tight budget, carpet might be your best bet.
If you’re lucky, the house you just bought has hardwood under the carpet. Putting down carpet on every surface was popular for a while in the 60s, so it’s not uncommon to find hardwood hiding under dingey or outdated carpet. If that’s the case, tear it all up! The hardwood won’t be faded or scratched, and a quick refinish can have it looking brand new in no time.
Installing hardwood from scratch is expensive, though. It’s time-consuming to install, often requiring resurfacing and re-leveling of the floors underneath to make sure there are no gaps or bumps in the floor.
As a general rule, many people don’t advise putting in hardwood floors unless the target market price of the house is over $500,000. If you want the look of hardwood without the cost and time investment, you can achieve a similar look with vinyl or laminate flooring. It’s not quite the same as real hardwood, but a premium look for a discount price isn’t always a bad idea.
Vinyl — The Perfect Flooring?
Vinyl is quickly becoming the most popular option for flooring houses to resell. It’s similar to laminate, but it’s thicker, heavier, and more durable. It comes in wide rolls, planks that look like hardwood, or tiles that look like porcelain or ceramic.
Vinyl flooring can be ordered to look like almost any other surface, texture and all. Without touching it or examining it closely, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference. For living rooms, vinyl flooring that looks like premium hardwood flooring is a great option. For entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms, there are vinyl flooring options that look like slate or stone flooring. When installed properly, vinyl flooring is completely waterproof, so it’s great for bathrooms or kitchens.
In the end, the type of flooring you choose is dependent on the house you want to create for its next owner. You’ll have hundreds of options for flooring, so the most important thing to think about is how you want that home to look. When in doubt, consult an experienced real estate professional. Stick to your vision, and the next buyer will have a beautiful house to live in for years to come.
Josh Alban is the manager of Sloane’s Carpet Secret. Josh spent 15+ years in Silicon Valley working in technology and aerospace
The latest incarnation of Sloane’s has been open since 2005, providing deeply discounted luxury carpeting with slight imperfections. Sloane’s prides itself on providing personalized customer service, and a no-pressure buying process for anyone remodeling a home or property. Sloane’s believes that getting the best carpet for your home should be a simple, satisfying experience that doesn’t break the bank.