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Flooring is the Best Way to Update a Home

I live in Oakwood, Ohio surrounded by 50+ year old colonials and swiss chalets. Many of these 1950's era homes still sport the decor of yesterday, so the homes are priced relatively low making them a great deal for investors willing to put in some elbow work as designers!

Hawthorne Hill in Oakwood, Ohio

In this investors opinion the best way to update a home is flooring (next to updating the kitchen). In older homes hardwood floors can usually be found under carpeting. By simply sanding and varnishing the hardwood flooring can be easily restored. Although it is not traditional, cork flooring is an eco-friendly option. Vinyl flooring is durable. My favorite flooring option is the newest trend - frize carpet. For those of you who don't know, frize carpet is a semi-shag carpet that is heavenly soft. The sellers at my listing located at 6420 Shirecliff Court in Centerville just updated their living room with frize carpet and we've received rave reviews!

What do you think is the best way to update a dated home?

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
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Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.

 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsChristina Cavins • May 26 2008 01:10AM

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< What do you think is the best way to update a dated home? >

I would say kitchens and baths first. Each home is different so it is hard to generalize, but flooring and fresh paint are high on the list. In my area hard wood floors are very popular.

Posted by Dennis Pease (Coldwell Banker Coast Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I agree, I love finding a home with good hardwood flooring under the carpet. Its like finding a treasure chest

Posted by Brett Noel (Keller Williams) over 11 years ago

Fresh flooring certainly makes a big difference. It's something that get noticed immediatley every time, good or bad. Flooring gets worn out first in every home, and replacement is a great idea to add immediate value and appeal.

Posted by Kevin Corsa, H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector (H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)) over 11 years ago

I am a big fan of wallpaper removal and  paint first and foremost.  It makes such a huge impact on a home.

Posted by Stacey M. McVey (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West) over 11 years ago

Stacey: I am with you on that, rarely does a buyer walk into a home and like any wallpaper that is there.

Posted by Dennis Pease (Coldwell Banker Coast Real Estate) over 11 years ago

We bought a 1979 home 5 years ago. The wallpaper removal almost killed us! I agree with the floors and also Kitchens and bathrooms but these can be the most expensive renovations as well. Florida is unique because most of the homes are newer, unlike Philadelphia where I grew up! The small things with regards to staging, paint, accents and even wall hangings can be an inexpensive way to make a statement and draw people in.

Posted by Jim Hirschhorn, GRI, Real Living - Orlando (Real Living Real Estate Solutions) over 11 years ago

Nice tip. Thanks. - Kevin

Posted by Kevin McGourty (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago

I think most people look at the floors as being the first thing to get updated in a house.

Posted by Denise Allen, Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads (Resh Realty Group) over 11 years ago

I go with the kitchens and bathrooms.  Flooring comes in third.

Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) over 11 years ago

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