in Arizona does ceramic tile flooring or laminate flooring impress buyers in a 55 community

Asked by dymd11, Sun City Center, FL Fri Aug 30, 2013

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Rsampson03, Home Buyer, Phoenix, AZ
Wed Sep 21, 2016
Tile is nice but think about it. Grout lines are hard to keep clean, is a poor sound insulator and changing it out- once the tile goes out of fashion (and it will)- is a serious construction project. Think jackhammer and copious amounts of carcinogenic dust to get off old tiles and mortar. You'll be cleaning up the dust for months, if not years. Hardwood is nice but not practical with moisture (think coming in from the pool), dogs (scratches easily) and cracks in foundations (common in Arizona with heaving soil). Quality carpeting kept clean can be a very good choice.
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Good thoughtful answer! thumbs up :)
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Cristine Orz…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Colorado Springs, CO
Tue Aug 19, 2014
I feel that tile in Arizona is always more appealing for the homes due to dust storms and possible scorpions etc (easier to see vs on carpet etc) and ease of cleaning the tile. In addition to their cooling effect when walking on them especially during our 'dry heat' summers :)
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I completely agree with Cristine and Emily, tile floors is the way to go in Arizona. Tile provides easy transportation for elderly people that are limited to wheelchair devices. Also, tile is much easier to maintain and keep clean. Carpet is nice in colder climates, but for most parts of Arizona, you will want to do all you can to keep your home cool. There are lots of different types of tile flooring that you can choose from to find the one that best meets your needs.
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I agree, tile floors in Arizona are a lot easier to clean. On top of that, a lot of people in 55 and up community need devices such as wheelchairs and walkers. They would be so much easier to maneuver on tile rather than on carpet.
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I would completely agree with this assessment! Tile floors also feel a little classier than laminate floors, even though they are probably more expensive. The coolness of tile feels really nice during the hot summer!
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Nancy Blinst…, Home Buyer, Phoenix, AZ
Wed Sep 21, 2016
In AZ, tile is the way to go. Laminate says low-end, in my opinion - those re-doing floors to get rid of nasty carpet and sell their house.
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Nov 20, 2014
I think it's going to vary quite a bit for the most part. Between the two, I would prefer laminate. I think it would be pretty safe to go with that. It wouldn't make that much of a difference though. I think you'll get just as much out of whichever one you choose to go with.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Sun Nov 2, 2014
Check the "slip factor" when making decisions on flooring for your demographics.
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Amber Johnson, , Brookhaven, Raleigh, NC
Fri Oct 31, 2014
That is great question and in my option I think that ceramic tile is much more appealing to buyers. There are so many options for flooring and tile color and style. You can really get something that will go with your home perfectly! Best of luck!
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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Tue Oct 28, 2014
I am not sure which one will sell better. I think it's a good idea to make sure you get whatever is going to add value to your home. I feel like laminate flooring is becoming a popular option nowadays though.…
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James Wehner, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Oct 17, 2014
Yes, it's typically cooler and requires less maintenance and repair. It's very easy to just purchase an area rug if you want some sort of carpeting.
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Ron, Kristina…, Agent, Tempe, AZ
Sun Aug 10, 2014
Tile and laminate are very popular in AZ. Considering many retirees come from around the country it probably depends what the individual buyers are accustomed to.
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Sharyn Young…, Agent, Chandler, AZ
Thu Jul 31, 2014
Taste is such a very personal thing. As a previous writer mentioned, if you're needing to update a floor in order to sell a home, talk to your realtor about the best, most cost effective options. It's very difficult to anticipate a home buyers preference. However, in working with many buyers and sellers in 55+ communities, this is what I've noticed: Buyers tend to like tile in high traffic or "water" areas like the kitchen and bathrooms. For living spaces such as great rooms, family rooms, living rooms, dining rooms, laminate/wood is preferred for their appealing warm wood tones. Bedrooms seem to be a toss up between carpet and laminate/wood with nice looking rugs.

Speaking of rugs, if you're not using carpet in a 55+ home, be sure to place rugs strategically and securely to increase safety in the event of a fall, and to prevent tripping hazards. And one more thing: if you do decide to use ceramic, have the tile set on the diagonal. It opens up rooms and makes for a less boxy feel.

Hope that helps.
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Tim Johnson, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Wed Jul 30, 2014
I think that ceramic tile flooring is about as good as it can get. There are other materials that may be more expensive, but I would take this over anything else. It's worth putting some in your home if you're trying to impress a 55 community buyer. I'm sure that will help quite a bit.
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It's pretty hot in Arizona, right? You might want to think about putting in laminate flooring as opposed to carpet. I just think carpet would keep the house really warm. I think some kind of laminate or tile like flooring will do really well for you and what you want in your house.
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Rebecca Kall…, Agent, Gilbert, AZ
Thu Sep 12, 2013
In my opinion and in my experience; tile is more desirable than laminate. AND tile is considered an upgrade over laminate, making the value more :)
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Joe Bourland, Agent, Avondale, AZ
Wed Sep 11, 2013
Tile and laminate are generally considered an upgrade over carpet by most buyers. Upgrades tend to impress people. Hope all these answers help. Good luck!
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Bianca Benne…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Fri Sep 6, 2013
These type of floor are more desirable than carpet to any buyers.

Best Regards,

Real Estate Professional / Prestige Realty
Bianca Bennett / 602-570-7898
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Jonathan Dal…, Agent, Glendale, AZ
Tue Sep 3, 2013
Impress? Not necessarily the word I would use, but tile can help a home sell more quickly particularly in the retirement communities. As for laminate, it's generally viewed as better as carpet but it's not all that spectacular in general. Better to go with an engineered hardwood given the choice.

Having said that, if you're looking to change the flooring simply for the sake of selling, talk to an agent to make sure you'll get your money back on the flooring when you sell. No sense spending a lot of money to not gain much in the sale.

Prices in most retirement communities have been rising, but not nearly to the same degree as communities outside these areas.
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Joshua Hobbs, , San Diego, CA
Fri Aug 30, 2013
Hello, I build homes in Senior Communities here in San Diego, most of my customers are higher-end and they generally prefer laminate that looks and feels natural, not shiny laminate. They have been mixed on Tile.
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Brad Bergami…, Agent, Prescott, AZ
Fri Aug 30, 2013
laminate flooring seems cheap to me. There are some great ones out there but I like tile.
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Debra StGerm…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Aug 30, 2013
Higher end properties usually have tile, and most laminate is considered "dated".
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Jennie Miller…, Agent, Phoenix, AZ
Fri Aug 30, 2013
Both are desirable to buyers!
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