First impressions are what wow a potential homebuyer: a spacious, open floor plan or vast expanses of polished hardwood, for instance. If you upgrade your Southport home with resale value in mind, flooring plays a huge role. But with so many gorgeous options to choose from, how do you get the best return on your investment? Simple: choose the best flooring that fits your budget, opt for professional installation, and make sure to purchase a fan-favorite flooring material — one that will sweep future homebuyers off their feet.
Hardwood floors are, hands-down, the people’s choice when it comes to pretty flooring in today’s housing market. While other floors, such as natural stone, may sell for more, they’re also more costly to buy and install. Wood is an affordable choice for Southport homes, but it also holds up for a long time and continues to look great. According to Realtor.com, the estimated return on hardwood floors averages between 70 and 80 percent. That’s a sound investment.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
Professionally installed tile is another good way to increase your home’s resale value. Between ceramic and porcelain, it’s porcelain that will net you the best ROI, says HomeAdvisor. Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile that’s been more highly refined and treated at a higher temperature. This makes it harder, stronger, and more durable. Porcelain costs more to purchase and install, but buyers love it because it can easily last the life of your Southport home.
While everyone loves the look and feel of natural stone tiles on the floor, word has gotten out about the extra maintenance required. Slate, marble, and travertine are definitely upscale finishes, typically found in high-end homes, but they require specialized care to keep them in top condition. Not every buyer will want to deal with sealants and specialized cleaners. Those who do, however, are willing to pay for these high-end materials. A sweeping expanse of natural stone flooring can net you an ROI of between 55 and 70 percent, depending upon the quality of stone you use.
When you’re ready to talk floors, give us a call or visit the Floor Coverings International Shallotte showroom in downtown Shallotte! We are proud to serve homeowners in Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James.