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New flooring can give your home’s interior a whole new look
Are you ready for a new look for your living room, dining room, kitchen — or the whole house? You may not have to do full-scale remodeling to make a dramatic transformation. A simple change in flooring can have a big impact on your home, making it more inviting, comfortable and fresh.
Many options from which to choose
The good news when it comes to flooring is that the options are seemingly endless. This might also be the bad news, as there are so many possibilities that it can make it difficult to decide what you want.
There are 11 broad categories of flooring that represent most of what you will find in American homes:
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Each category has dozens of design choices to fit almost any taste and budget. So where do you start? Angie’s List recently presented six tips from a flooring-industry professional that can help you figure out what will best fit your needs and budget, and how to get the ball rolling on your flooring project.
Flooring costs are as varied as the choices
How much flooring costs depends of many factors, including the type of product and amount of space to be covered. HomeAdvisor says the typical range for a home flooring job runs from just over $1,500 to almost $4,300. For higher-end flooring such as marble or exotic woods, the total cost for professionally installed products can easily escalate into the tens of thousands.
Do-it-yourselfers can handle a flooring project for as little as a few hundred dollars using lower priced (but not necessarily poor quality) products. If you’re thinking along these lines, the Spruce offers a helpful guide for inexpensive floor-covering projects.
Before you get started it pays to do your homework. Talk with friends and neighbors who have changed the flooring in their homes to get recommendations on both products and installation professionals. Visit stores that are devoted to floor coverings and check out home improvement retailers. Look online for reviews of the products of greatest interest to you and to compare pricing. Get estimates and references from at least three different contractors and remember that the lowest-priced contractor isn’t always the best option.
Helpful hint: Since most flooring products and installation are priced by the square foot or square yard, take measurements of the room (or rooms) before you start shopping. The professionals will likely have to come out and measure before they install your flooring, but having a set of measurements in hand makes it easier for you to estimate a project cost during the shopping process.
Is new flooring going to boost your home’s value?
Are you considering new flooring as an investment, and are hoping to recoup the dollars when selling your home? Realty101.com says new flooring may add perceived value and encourage higher offers from prospective buyers. It might even make a home on the market move faster, but it probably won’t add to your appraisal.
If your house is going on the market, then you have some factors to consider before laying out the cash. If you’re planning to live in your current home for an extended period and will enjoy your new floor coverings, happy shopping!
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