Are you thinking about selling your home soon, or are you making last-minute repairs and refinishes before listing it on the market? Perhaps you just want to make sure that the flooring decision you make now provides the best long-term strategy for your investment. No matter your situation, deciding between carpet and hardwood is a tough decision. Here are some things to keep in mind as you choose between carpet and hardwood:

Home Buyers Prefer Hardwood

The top request of home buyers when looking for a new home is hardwood floors. Installing hardwood floors is definitely more expensive than installing carpeting, but it is definitely the more durable option. Carpeting will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years if it does not become worn out or stained before that. Traditional, high-quality hardwood floors are long-lasting. While the exact return on investment for installing hardwood flooring will depend on other factors in your home and the market when you list, hardwood flooring can help your home sell faster.

What Do You Prefer?

If you aren’t planning on selling anytime soon, then you might want to give more weight to your own personal preferences than those of the market. While some may not mind hardwood floors in their living room, you might enjoy having carpet more. A lot of people prefer carpeting in their bedrooms as well.

Ultimately, if you do decide to sell your home later, the flooring choice won’t neccesarily be the selling point. If a potential buyer’s preferences differ significantly from yours, but everything else in the home fits the buyers’ taste, then the buyer can opt to change the flooring.

Maintenance Considerations

As mentioned above, carpeting will need replacing more quickly than hardwood flooring. However, there are special maintenance steps that are advised for wood flooring, giving it a bit more upkeep than carpeting might have. However, hardwood floors are easier to keep clean and contain less dust and other allergens than carpeting!

Contact Central Mass Hardwood

If you are strongly considering hardwood flooring, we can help! Central Mass Hardwood can provide you with a quick quote on quality flooring as well as professional installation. Contact us today to learn more!