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Caron, Home Buyer in 92865

Keep laminate, or replace with carpet now, or hardwood later?

Asked by Caron, 92865 Wed Jul 11, 2012

I just purchased a 3400 sq ft home which has travertine in the entry, kitchen, and family room (although a little damaged), and dark laminate in the rest of the main floor and upstairs (bedrooms/hallway). I removed the dark laminate downstairs because of the way it was installed (cheap black rubber transition between curved travertine/laminate). I was thinking of replacing with nice carpet and keeping the laminate on the stairs and upstairs room. However, I have 2 little kids and I'm worried that the laminate (especially on the stairs) is too slippery and the laminate squeaks and bounces! I don't think the laminate was installed well. For budget reasons, I can only replace the upstairs and stairs with carpet, or leave as laminate. What I would love to do is replace everything with hardwood, which I think will enhance the home's value. Would it be better to do the hardwood now before I move in, just replace the laminate with nice carpet in the upstairs and LR/DR or leave as is?

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If you are on a budget I would definitely replace with carpet. If you can afford hardwood I would do that for sure. Either way cheap tacky laminate should go before you move in otherwise it would be like moving twice to put flooring in upstairs.
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I'm thinking now about changing the upper floor hallway and stairs to hardwood (maybe with a carpet runner?) and bedroom floors to carpet. Should the master be hardwood too then and just the 3 kids bedrooms to carpet?
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Having kids. Carpet is good and no worries about slipping on them with young kids . Then later on get the hardwood floors.

Good luck

Ingrid Ski Realtor
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Hardwood floors are durable and really warm up a room and home. I would certainly get pricing from several differently places and their are a lot of great deals out there for flooring. Doing it before you move in is a smart move otherwise later you are moving furniture, displacing the family etc.

Would love to help in any way.

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