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Kristina, Other/Just Looking in 60123

Hardwood floors...Is it worth it Part II?

Asked by Kristina, 60123 Wed Oct 1, 2008

I have shopped around more about hardwood installation. I have decided on Stranded Bamboo. I have a very reasonable offer around $9,000 for 1300 SF (including stairs). The highest estimate was $17,000. Now my husband and I are discussing whether or not to put hardwood in the bedrooms. Cost is no issue, it's just preference. He likes carpet, I like wood. He wants to compromise, I said we could always put a fluffy rug near the bed. As far as resale, what do the majority of home buyers want?

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Kristina,

Don't overlook the health issue when it comes to making the flooring decision. Our oldest son had a very serious allergy condition that landed in in the hospital frequently. It wasn't until a super clean bedroom environment was created and he started weekly allergy shots did we see an improvement.

The point being, carpeting soaks up more than noise. It serves as a huge spong, collecting all sorts of particles and brewing air quality that can be a threat to someones health.
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Then I'd go for hardwood. Just as long as the hardwood isn't above you (we just recently bought and I wanted to get a house with carpeted bedrooms because my husband wanted the bedrooms upstairs - so we had to compromise!). The bamboo sounds beautiful.
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Buyers would prefer Hardwood Floors - It looks Richer. You can muffle the noise and compromise with your husband by adding a beautiful throw rug with a nice soft pad underneath. The rug can add color to the room as well.

If money isn't an issue and your not looking for all the money to come back from a resale perspective - go with the hardwood floors. I think you'll be happier as well.

Gino
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I lived in a split level like that once. As far as resale - I would say go with the carpet. Especially since the br's are upstairs. It will muffle noise so that when you sit downstairs, you won't hear everyone clomping around upstairs. My bedrooms were all hardwood and that's one of the things I didn't like. I guess it's just preference though.
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PS: we have a split level home, so you can see the whole house, including the bedrooms, from the living room.
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