A guest blog from ThinkQuote
Being a homeowner is often a daunting task, especially when you are faced with the prospect of property renovations. Whether you’re a new homeowner looking to turn a house into a home or hoping to increase the resale value of your property, you will be faced with many choices when considering which improvements to make. Is it the kitchen or the bathroom? Do you only consider cosmetic changes or change the structure by adding a room, garage or swimming pool? Inevitably your choices will be shaped by three factors: cost, time and inconvenience to your lifestyle. One home improvement to consider, which offers an excellent mix of the three factors, is a change in your flooring choice.
A recent survey of property buyers has shown that those who find it important are prepared to pay an average of 17% extra over other houses of the same value. The same study has shown that 32% of interior design experts and 39% of property experts think that compared to building structure, kitchen or bathroom improvements, flooring offers the best return on investment when compared to the buyers perceived value. The value of the house is not just dependent on the house itself, but also the neighbourhood and surroundings. Thus improved floors don’t increase the property value itself. It is seen as a custom improvement over standard houses, which increases the value. This is what is meant by perceived value.
What to choose
For those of us just looking to improve our homes it becomes a bit more involved. There are many materials and flooring types to choose from, but your choice of flooring has more than just financial implications. Your choice of flooring style and material depends on the aesthetic tone and function of the room (or house depending on the extent of the renovations), the room environment and any health requirements your family may have. Before making a choice there are three things you need to consider:
Do you have children, elderly relatives or pets? Your lifestyle makes a difference. Children could mean more wear and tear, thus laminate, engineered wood floors, ceramic tiles or stone tiles would be the more durable options. Elderly relatives run the risk of injury on slippery floors, while grout associated with tiles are often a hindrance to wheelchair bound family members. Pets also influence the choice since carpets tend to collect shed hair and are difficult to clean, while claws may damage wooden floors.
Do you or your family suffer from asthma, allergies or are you sensitive to chemicals that aggravate any conditions? Carpets tend to harbour more allergens, since harder floors are easier to clean. Carpeting and wooden/laminate flooring may also contain volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOCs might contribute to ill health effects, particularly with those who are more sensitive to airborne allergens and contaminants. In these situations look for products with low VOC emissions.
Care and maintenance
The other important factor when choosing flooring is what do you want aesthetically? Which leads to the question: How much care and maintenance are you willing to put in? Solid, high quality wood floors are beautiful but require the right care and environment to ensure they maintain their surface quality and avoid warping. If you want wooden floors, but don’t have the time or money then laminate or engineered wood is an excellent option. Stone and tile are also great durable options, but their surface quality also degrades without regular sweeping.
So flooring affects every area in our homes and can make our homes look great and feel a little more comfortable without really breaking the bank. Property sellers can see it as a cost effective way to greatly improve the value of their property, while it goes a long way to making a house a home for the rest of the homeowners. With so many choices of materials and flooring types it’s hard not to feel a bit overwhelmed, but by asking yourself these three simple questions you’ll be able to make a more informed decision. There are no right and wrong answers, just the one that works best for you.
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