Flooring Options

Your choice in flooring is one of the most crucial decisions you have to make when it comes to home improvement. Different flooring can add texture, warmth, and functionality throughout your home. The material is an essential part of your interior design, and because it lasts for years, you want to make sure the flooring you choose fits your needs. Before you make your decision, learn more about the most common flooring options.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring continues to be the top choice for homeowners and homebuyers due to its clean look and long term return on investment. Hardwood floors are often the most expensive option as well, with an average installation price of $4,750. These floors are a durable option for main floor plans and easy to clean. 

Carpet

Carpet allows you to create soft, comfortable rooms while limiting noise pollution. Often found in bedrooms, carpet is one of the cheapest options averaging $7.25 per square foot for instillations. Although carpet may require more upkeep, it is a great economical solution and very kid-friendly. 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are a popular and affordable option for almost anywhere in the home. Durable, affordable, and easy to install, laminate flooring comes in countless designs and textures to match a natural wood feel. The only disadvantages for laminate floorings are that they are prone to moisture and buckling, requiring a moisture barrier during installation. 

Vinyl or Linoleum Flooring 

Vinyl or linoleum flooring is multi-dimensional in regard to its durability and many different designs. These synthetic floors efficiently mimic wood, tile, and stone, therefore making it the perfect material to put almost anywhere in a home. This option is also affordable and easy to install. 

Natural Stone Tile Flooring

Natural Stone tiling is a classic look that includes granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, and travertine. Of course these looks are a bit more expensive, however they bring a real solid feel to the bathroom, laundry room, and mud room. These natural stone tiles also may require different care depending on what finish is added to the floor, such as polished marble scratching easier than a granite slate. 

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic or porcelain tile flooring is a durable and non-porous option that accents bathrooms, kitchens, and entrances beautifully. Due to its water resistance, these floors are easy to maintain and secure for your home. Unlike wood or carpet floorings, tiled floors are able to be repaired without having to redo the entire floor. 

Different floors provide different designs to bring into your home. Many homebuyers or home renovators look to preserve as much hard wood as they can due to how expensive it is to replace. Depending on the condition, vinyl and linoleum floors should be replaced in older homes, mainly because newer synthetic floors are much more appealing and affordable as well. The decision is all up to the homeowner, just make sure to educate yourself on these types of floors before purchasing the material!

Most (and Least) Wanted Features in a Home

We’ve all thought about our dream home: the features, design, and amenities we would select if there were no limiting factors. 

In What Home Buyers Really Want (2019 Edition), a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, close to 4,000 home buyers were surveyed to determine the most desirable features when looking for a home.

The survey found that the most desirable features are all about practicality. 

Most Wanted Features

In the survey, participants ranked each feature as Essential, Desirable, Indifferent, or Do Not Want. These were the top ten features buyers look for in a home, according to the survey:

Feature Percentage of People who Rated the Feature ‘Essential’ or ‘Desirable’
Laundry Room 91%
ENERGY STAR rated windows 89%
Patio 87%
ENERGY STAR rated appliances 86%
Ceiling Fan 85%
Garage Storage 85%
Exterior Lighting 85%
Walk-in Pantry 83%
Hardwood Flooring 83%
Double Kitchen Sink 81%

 

A laundry room came in as the most desired feature in a home, with 91% noting this was important in their home search. Having a laundry room in the primary residence is convenient and saves our most valued asset: time. 

The remaining top ten features focus heavily on sensible and sustainable features. Two spots in the top ten show that ENERGY STAR ratings are essential to today’s buyers.

In addition to ENERGY STAR windows and appliances in the top ten, ENERGY STAR for the entire home came in at number 11, with 81% of buyers stating it was essential or desirable in a home. Green construction is important to consider when moving into a new home, and ENERGY STAR features are one of the easiest ways to implement a sustainable lifestyle. 

Storage is another factor homebuyers seriously consider, with both garage storage and a walk-in pantry making the top ten features. 

Least Wanted Features

As far as what buyers are not looking for, here are the most unwanted features in a home:

Feature Percentage of People who Rated the Feature ‘Do Not Want’
Elevator 66%
Wine Cellar 57%
Day Care Center 50%
Plant Covered Roof 50%
Pet Washing Station 49%
Dual Toilets in Master Bath 48%
Cork Flooring 47%
Golf Course Community 47%
Two Story Family Room 47%
High Density Development 46%

 

The top two unwanted features in a home were an elevator, with 66% of home buyers stating they did not want one in a home, and a wine cellar, with 57% of participants stating they do not want one.

Other features that are unwanted by home buyers are focused on community amenities. Ones that made the ‘do not want’ list include a daycare center, plant-covered roof, pet washing station, and golf course community. 

What are your most desired features in a home?

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