Ask A Realtor: Flooring Options for Resale

A reader wrote:

We are considering selling our home in the next 2-3 years and want any updates we make to be conducive to marketing it.  We are in a tri-level home and the lower level needs to have the flooring replaced.  I do not like carpeting due to allergy issues, so we were considering doing an acid wash concrete. I have seen it in some high-end homes and love the look, but don’t know how widely accepted it is in moderately priced homes. Any suggestions?

Thanks for the question!  The acid wash concrete (when done properly) is a fine flooring choice for areas where you might otherwise do tile, concrete, or vinyl (such as a bathroom, laundry room, wet bar area, or patio).  However, I’d be cautious of doing it in a family room or other living space.  Generally speaking anything other than carpet or wood (hardwood, engineered hardwood, or high quality wood laminate) in a living room or family room is a really tough sell.

– Jeremy

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  1. Valerie says:

    I am an estimator for a flooring company. Never ever use laminate anywhere…its not a good product…it will bubble if it gets even the smallest amount of water on it and its not durable. If you are looking for cost effective, look at an LVT. It looks like a wood but is as durable as a vinyl and is far more cost effective than a hardwood. Its the hottest thing right now, we are installing it in business, churches, homes, apartments etc.

    • The key is “high-quality wood laminate”, and I suppose we’d probably be able to debate on the topic for hours. :) I understand your concern, but they have come a long way and in some situations can be an OK option when quality is properly accounted for.

  2. Valerie says:

    Sorry, I sell the stuff. I would never recommend it…in this case “high quality” means over priced. You are wasting your customers hard earned money if you recommend laminate. They will save money and be much happier with a good glue down or click in LVT or LVP (Luxury Vinyl Tile or Plank).

  3. I have a realtor question. How do I submit it?

  4. Valerie says:

    FWIW, We have had a high quality laminate that looks like beautiful wood flooring in our house for 5 years. Kitchen and living areas. Very high traffic. Liquid spilled daily. 5 people=lots of spills. It is still beautiful and we get complements all the time. It wasn’t terribly expensive (we got it from ProSource) and it was super easy to install (we did it ourselves) and looks just as good as the day we installed it.

    • Valerie says:

      Obviously that comment was from a different Valerie. I should have added my last initial. :)

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