What is the best hardwood flooring to put down: laminate, engineered, or solid? What's the best return on investment for resale? What do buyers?

Asked by Lem1084, McKinney, TX Sat Sep 17, 2011

want? One story, 2000 sq. ft home in average neighborhood.

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Amy Arey, Agent, Allen, TX
Wed Feb 4, 2015
The best return on investment is going to be determined by the other "comps" in the neighborhood. While actual hardwood is better "quality", you don't want to sink money into something that won't appraise or bring money back to you on the resale. Feel free to contact me if you'd like further explanation or would like help looking at the best option for what you need. (I also have a contractor who installs for all of my referrals at 1.50 a sf ;-)

-Amy S. Arey, Realtor, CNE
Halo Group Realty, LLC
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Mon Feb 2, 2015
I think that in general, the laminate hardwood floor is not as good of quality as the solid. I would suggest that you look into the benefits of all three, and then see which you think would be the best for your home. I think that for the most part, buyers would like to get something that is long lasting. In this case, I think that solid wood flooring might be best. However, I would be sure to look into it a little more so that you can get the best possible product for your home! http://www.carpetonefortworth.com/hardwoodflooring
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Sep 18, 2011
The prefinished hard wood floors are the easiest to install and will certainly provide a higher value than laminate.
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Sun Sep 18, 2011
Buyers of course want the best quality at the lowest price....but are they willing to pay what you paid?

These days real hardwood is so inexpensive to put in, I would be tempted to do that.
But just doing it for resale may not be the best use of your money.
Might be better just to add carpet and tile.

Your realtor can advise you based on the condition of your house and the competition in the neighborhood.

If you are our customer, we can get you a great deal on nail down hardwood hand scraped floors right now. About $7.75sqft installed.
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Kelly Calkins, Agent, McKinney, TX
Sat Sep 17, 2011
2000 sq ft in McKinney would most likely be a good for the engineered product. As one of my colleagues mentioned, it is the best bang for the buck. The laminate can sometimes be a turn-off.
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Sam Young, Agent, Wylie, TX
Sat Sep 17, 2011
My "personal" preference is the engineered flooring as long as it is good quality and is installed correctly. It is glued down so it doesn't have that 'hollow' sound when you walk on it and it doesn't have the 'step up' that solid wood has. As far as the best return...it's probably better than laminate and only a little more expensive, but your return will be based more on how well it matches the rest of the home and compares to other homes in the neighborhood. If you add engineered hardwood in the family room but have vinyl in the kitchen it is kind of a mismatch and the vinyl will dilute any value added by the wood. If you are in an area that generally sells within a tight price range, and you are trying to get a considerably better price, it probably won't happen regardless of the upgrades and improvements. The market just won't support it.

Your best bet is to invite an experienced Realtor to come over and evaluate the home before you do anything. Have them check the comparables in the area and set a couple of appointments for you to see some of the homes that are currently for sale in your area. That way you learn the competition and the best and least expensive way to beat it.

Sam Young
Accredited Buyers Representative
(972) 837-0788
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John Safstrom, Other Pro, Allen, TX
Sat Sep 17, 2011
It depends on what else you have in your home as well. If you have higher end tile, cabinets, decor, etc., you will want to go with hardwood.

If it is not quite as fancy or a lower price point there is nothing wrong with laminate as it can show very well.

Systematic Home Inspections
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Andrea Brooks, Agent, Plano, TX
Sat Sep 17, 2011
It really depends on your price point. check with your agent for recommendations. Good luck!

Andrea Brooks
Keller Williams
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Sep 17, 2011
Most home buyers prefer solid wood flooring HOWEVER depends on value of home where be installed, and etc. Your listing agent should be assisting you with these decisions

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Linda Lorenzo, Agent, McKinney, TX
Sat Sep 17, 2011
Are you doing this to enhance your listing? Hardwood is always the optimal but if you are selling and want your home to look nice but save some money there is nothing wrong with a really nice engineered wood. It also depends on how large an area you are doing. Get some flooring people to come in and give you estimates, they are also the best source for explaining the different flooring. I am not a huge laminate fan but there are some really nice ones out there right now and if dogs are an issue it is a better choice.
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Kelly Calkins, Agent, McKinney, TX
Sat Sep 17, 2011
It depends on the price range in your neighborhood.
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Sat Sep 17, 2011
Visit some other homes in the area that are on the market and see what they have. Personally, I'm not a fan of Laminate, but it has some applications that make sense. I consider laminate a short term floor whereas real hardwood is long term.
Hardwood can be refinished if ever scratched or stained. Manufactured can be "spot fixed" and laminate must be replaced.
By comparing to what is common in your area, you can make a better informed choice. Another consideration is your time left in the house. If you are preparing for the market, talk to some local agents and possibly a stager.
If you were staying long term, pick what you like best.
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