With the turn of the year (and tax refund season on the horizon!), many homeowners are considering whether the time has come to make some major home improvements. Replacing an old floor is at the top of many people’s to-do lists. We think that the time is ripe to go out with the old and in with the new. Consider these three reasons why you might need a new floor this new year.
You Want to Add Value to Your Home
Are you considering moving in the near future? Or are you just looking to make a long-term investment? Either way, any time you make a big update to your home, you’re adding to its resale value. Most shoppers on the market today have specific things that they’re looking for in a floor: hardwood (or new carpet) with no visible or structural damage is a priority. If you’re still walking on the old carpet or linoleum that was there when you first moved in, it might be time to make a change.
You’ve Got (or will get) Pets
Did your family get a four-legged addition over the holidays, or have you had pets for a while? We love them, but pets are notorious for their messes, and some types of flooring handle those messes better than others. Particularly if you have carpet, your floor may not be as clean as you think. Carpet can also harbor fleas, dirt, and pet hair, even despite your best efforts to keep it vacuumed. To save your sanity, if you have pets in your house, you might want to consider updating your flooring to something that’s easier to keep clean in the event of an accident.
Your Floor is Damaged or Aged
You know how when you put a brand-new t-shirt next to one that’s been washed over and over, and the new one looks so much more vibrant? It’s the same with your floor. Over the years, if your floor is exposed to the sun (or to certain cleaning products), it will fade and age, eventually looking lackluster. And that’s not even counting the damage that’s inevitably going to occur over the years: stains on carpet, dents and nicks in hardwood, scratches on linoleum and laminate. If your floor is looking less than ideal (especially if you’ve already been dealing with it for a long time), why not make this the year that you update to something new?
If you’re looking at your flooring and wondering what to do to make it look brand new again, don’t try to rack your brain. Look into actually getting new flooring and enjoy the investment of a new floor for years and years.