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April, Both Buyer and Seller in Potomac, MD

Do buyers generally prefer the new Pergo laminate flooring?

Asked by April, Potomac, MD Thu Mar 27, 2008

or do they prefer the older hardwood pine plank floors. Assuming that the old floors have been sanded and refinished BUT there is mismatched planks filling in the holes in the floor from days gone by when the heating systems were different. The old floors are probably about a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Some homes for sale in the area are 100% new Pergo and others for sale are the same as mine. I like the old pine personally BUT what to the "majority" of buyers want? What sells better? Thanks...

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On rare occasions, some people prefer laminate flooring (Pergo, or otherwise), but for the most part, buyers still prefer real hardwoods.

(pine is NOT considered a hardwood... it's a fairly soft wood, but has it's own fans and admirers.)
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Thanks to all.

Elvis, I appreciated the comments on Pine too. A day where I don't learn something new is a wasted day for me. Thanks!
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There are many "hardwood" products that leave pergo in the dust. The engineered wood today is excellent and much more durable than the hardwoods of 50 years ago. Pergo is not as durable and wears easily, I avoid it on my own properties. And buyers seem to avoid it too.

JD “Dan” Weisenburger, GRI
Broker-Associate REALTOR®
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
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Real wood sells better than pergo.
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Lots of good information here. Buyers often like real hardwood better than laminates not only because of the look and durability, but also the sound. The click of the laminates (especially with a pet) drives some people crazy.
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Rachelle....Thanks! That Website you linked me to is FULL of great information!
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Value wise real hardwoods are better -- I would say a majority of buyers would want real hardwoods (engineered or normal). If you can afford the extra few dollars per sq foot for the real stuff then you have nothing to loose! Also look at the woods that are on clearance - it is a great way to save some money while still getting a great product. It wouldn't hurt looking at a chart of how hard vs soft the wood is before making your decision. See the link attached (I do not know this website, just googled it and thought this one looked good). Harder wood is better just because it can withstand dings and scratches (all floors will scratch it is just a matter of how hard the wood is). Hope this helps!
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