Installing hardwood flooring in Delray?

Asked by Akari Kim, Delray Beach, FL Mon Sep 23, 2013

We live in a fairly upscale community in western Delray. We currently have tile flooring, but are looking to upgrade. We really like the duchateau engineered hardwood floors, but it seems like very few homes in the area have hardwood. The flooring looks spectacular, but will it hurt our resale value if we go with engineered hardwood vs. something boring and expected like marble? We will be covering about 2,000 square feet at about $14/sqft installed. We plan to sell in about 2 years, so we need to be smart about the investment.

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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Wed Jan 21, 2015
I would love to get some hardwood flooring in my house. I think it would be cool to have it in my kitchen. It adds a sort of rustic flair to the kitchen. I hope that my wife is on board.
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Jan 15, 2015
Hardwood is definitely the way to go if you like it. Decisions like this really have to come down to what looks the best to you. I think it's important to make that decision and take good care of whatever you do install. That way it won't be an issue when you sell in a few years.
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Wed Jan 14, 2015
I think that for the most part, having hardwood floor is a good thing. I have a friend with hardwood flooring, and it appears to be long lasting and it looks great as well. If you would prefer hardwood, I definitely think that you should invest in it. I would just make sure that you get really good hardwood flooring to make sure that it lasts long!
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Sat Jan 3, 2015
In my area, hardwood floors are always preferred. I really don't see how it could hurt the value of your home. Marble is nice, but I still like wood better. It is much easier to clean and maintain. If you sell in two years, the floors will still look very new, and I think buyers will appreciate that.
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Gerald Vonbe…, Home Buyer, Jackson Springs, NC
Tue Dec 23, 2014
I think you're making a great decision about putting wood floors in your house. You'll really like how they look when you have them in. Of course, you definitely want to make sure that you get the right type of wood and stain. There are different woods and stains that last longer. You also want to make sure that you get the right color of stain. I would talk to an interior designer first to find out which one is best. The wood floor contractor should be able to give some suggestions too. Best of luck!
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Fri Dec 19, 2014
I would really like to get hardwood flooring put in my house. I think that it is hardwood flooring is such a timeless and classic look. There are lots of things that can help to make a room look better and more modern. Thanks for sharing this information!
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I think you would love hardwood flooring. Upgrading from tile to hardwood flooring is different, but worth the change. I would call a company to come help you install it. They can also help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you!
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Mark Leach, Home Buyer, Pine Bluff, AR
Tue Nov 11, 2014
I agree, I think hardwood flooring is timeless. It is also very versatile in that you can stain it to match the rest of your home. Also, if you get any dings or dents in it, it is possible to sand down make them like new once more.
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Thu Nov 6, 2014
I think that hardwood is really a great look for any home. It is a timeless classic that goes with any decor. Hardwood comes in many different colors and styles to match any room perfectly. I think that it would be a great idea to install wood flooring.
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I agree that hardwood seems to go with just about anything. Not only does it look nice, but it is also easy to maintain and keep clean as well. There are lots of risks with spills when dealing with light colored carpets. With hardwood, however, most spills are easily cleaned, leaving the floor looking brand new.
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Wed Nov 5, 2014
The best thing to do in your case would be to talk to an agent who knows your market. He'll be able to give you a lot of advice about what people look for when buying a house. Wood flooring is really attractive to some people but there are too many different types to be able to say which is the best. You'll need to do some research.
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Thu Oct 30, 2014
There are so many options for flooring that it can be hard to decide what kind of flooring to install. I would talk with local agents to see what is most desirable. Or just go with whatever you like best! Thanks for sharing and best of luck!
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I agree that there are so many options for flooring that it can be overwhelming to decide. I would contact an agent as well and see what they suggest. Depending on your home, they could suggest different things. Good luck and I hope you find the right flooring for your home!
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Diana Hellman, Agent, Larchmont, NY
Fri Oct 17, 2014
I would check with some experienced local realtors. Up in the North East, hardwood is always preferred.
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Zeda Jackson, Home Buyer, Fullerton, CA
Thu Oct 16, 2014
My husband and I are looking to move soon. The floor in our current home is a little damaged so we are thinking about having a new one installed. Would this increase the value of the home?
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Diana Hellman, Agent, Larchmont, NY
Tue Oct 7, 2014
I can see marble in a bathroom and maybe in an entry way but up north, buyers always prefer hardwood.
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Joan Lorberb…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Sun Sep 21, 2014
If you are looking to add resale value to your home and expect to recoup a dollar for dollar return on your investment in two years then my suggestion is to keep your flooring as it is. There is no guarantee of what the market will be in two years (although we have seen year over year increases for the past couple of years). But, if you want to update the flooring just for your own enjoyment while living there then go ahead.
There are some magnificently beautiful engineered hardwoods and wood is certainly easier on your feet than either tile or marble but I find in my higher priced upscale listings that neutral toned marble or other stone flooring is what is standard in the public rooms. There might be wood in the library/office with bedrooms carpeted.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Trying to match up a flooring product with a buyer that is two years down the road is a "roll of the dice!"

There are many products out there. Some very good and others that are not. The best choice is likely going to be one that doesn't look cheap and synthetic. Those that are "overly glossy" are a big turn off for most! Go for the natural look even if it's going to cost you a little bit more.

Here's a tip...forget about the future buyer and resale value. Make a choice that meets your taste and install a product that you will enjoy until you are ready to move on.

Just keeping it real!

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Do you only want to replace the flooring just because few homes have it? That's what buyers love about houses! People want a house that's unique but still valuable. If you have a rare hardwood going through your home, use it as a selling point. That way you don't have to replace it.
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Jennifer Sus…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Dear Akari,

Flooring is all personal taste. Depending on the price of your home, how much you owe and the value now I would suggest hardwood vs. engineered wood.

If the person purchasing your home doesn't like the exact flooring you chose, perhaps you can offer them a floor credit on closing....

Good Luck!
Jen Sommers
Luxury Real Estate Specialist and Fine Home Management
Nestler Poletto Sotheby's International Realty
200 East Palmetto Park Road, Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Exactly. Especially since you're planning on living there for another two years-- you might as well stick with what you want. Hardwood flooring really never goes out of style. It's a very classic look for any home. |
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Gary Hitchco…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Mon Aug 4, 2014
It really depends on the homes in your neighborhood. If they already have engineered wood or marble then your home is not keeping up with the comps so yes. If not then it would not be a good investment. Kitchens are #1 in resale value followed by master bathrooms. Not sure why you are saying marble is boring, when in fact it is timeless. An alternative to marble is the look alike rectified porcelain.
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Cari Fernand…, Agent, MIAMI, FL
Mon Aug 4, 2014

I tell ALL my sellers the following. If you are going to sell, don't change one thing!. Later the new buyer (s) will upgrade the house to their own taste. If you wish I can help you with the market analysis & I offer more. Contact me if you need me.

Glad to help.!
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Sy Zacher, Agent, Boynton Beach, FL
Tue Sep 24, 2013
I think there are several issues here. Will you house be worth $28,000 more if you put in the new flooring? If you are selling in two years, as a rule of thumb neutral is always better, unless the floors really make the house. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So your fabulous floors, may be another buyer "love the house, but I'd have to change all the floors." issue. I've seen wood give some homes a "northern" feel, not tropical, so color of wood is also important, if you go that route.
Finally you need to make sure the wood is easily maintained. No one wants floor issues. Perhaps, like buying a pint of paint to test it out before buying 5 gallons of it, you should see if the flooring company will give a 50 or 100 sq ft to just lay out and see how it really look in your home.

Sy Zachar
Luxury Partners Realty
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Bob Brubaker, Agent, Lake Worth, FL
Mon Sep 23, 2013
A.K. - Many buyers are not familiar with new " hard wood " flooring
products. While you might like the product , it may not
"catch-on" . Certainly two years down the road the flooring will
no longer be "new" or as exciting! You shouldn't expect any
added avantage in your sale for all your effort.
If you want " the look" for yourselves-go for it! As an investment
I don't see you getting your money back over
more conventional upgrades-and if the popularity wains , oh-Boy!
As an attractive "Designer's touch-Great but as an "investment"
the " expected" may serve you better! Best in this house and " going

Bob Brubaker Highlight Realty Palm Beach County Fl. 561-976-6649
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Maricel Zald…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Hello Akari:

I have a great wood instalator, not to expensive if you want contact me and I will more than happy share with you his contact information.

Have a great day!

Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist
954-227-7441 Office
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Nadine Mauro, Agent, Lake Worth, FL
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Hi Akari,

Many people looking for a new home are looking for wood floors. They feel that tile and marble are too "cold" looking, as well as on the feet.

Since you will be living there for the next couple years if wood flooring will make you happy, go for it.

When you are ready to sell the home, make sure you hire an agent who will emphasize the value of this beautiful wood floor. Plus your house will stand out in the crowd of other houses for sale.

Nadine Mauro
Highlight Realty
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Nelly K. Val…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Hi Akari, I am a Realtor and architectural Designer, I do home remodeling, call me or email me if you need help.

Nelly K. Valdes - Wendy

Real Estate Agent - Architectural Designer

Cell: (786) 286-7138




8320 W Sunrise Blvd, Suite 104 Plantation, FL 33322
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Jill Tarlow, Agent, Delray Beach, FL
Mon Sep 23, 2013
Any good quality high-end floor will only help your resale value. Wood flooring is popular in South Florida these days. If you love it, you'll be living there for some time, enjoy it! I personally LOVE wood floors.

Jill Tarlow | Realtor, CNS
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
1185 E. Atlantic Ave. | Delray Beach, FL 33483
C. 561-797-5362 | F. 561-243-3811
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Yes, I agree with the other posters. Installing hardwood flooring and tiles will increase the value of your home. I think that is something homebuyers are always looking for.
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