High quality hard wood prefinished floors or truthfully REAL HARD WOOD would be the preferred flooring.
now just replace carpet and wood flooring does not always mean MORE value. In most cases it is bring the home UP TO market expectations.
a few other questions:
What is the sq ft of this home?
FULL and 1/2 bath numbers
you say up UPGRADED the kitchen to granite, but how are the cabinets?
if the cabinets are the original 1995 or NEW?
cant really put granite over the original kitchen cabinets.
if the comps are 215-260K and your house is of similar quality then that is what it will sell for.
IMO I have been rehabing and selling these homes for 20 years. The goal is ALWAYS bring the home UP TO market expectations, ( comps ) then sell for a little less for a quick sale.
Allen Tate Realty
Based upon the appraisals I have seen, I have seen credit given for real hardwoods but don't recall ever seeing any for laminates.
Laminates often look very cheap and turn some people off. Personally, I prefer real wood and I think most people will prefer nice hardwoods, and that would make it easier to sell the house, and command a wee bit higher price.
To analyze the return on the cost, you need to see what the costs are. Of course, wood will be more, but how much more?
You can shop closeouts at places like Lumber Liquidators and often get great deals on small lots of real wood.
If you decide to go with laminate flooring, consider going with good quality flooring and not the cheapo stuff you can buy in the aisles of the big boxes for a buck a square foot from time to time. It usually looks awful.