Flooring Types Buyers Like Most

When you are ready to sell your property the flooring is very, very important. In fact, besides the kitchen and master bedroom, floors are one of the largest factors which influence buyers to make an offer. There’s no getting around the fact that buyers will definitely contemplate how they will live in the house, which includes where furniture is placed and how traffic will flow. The flooring is an intricate part of this glimpse into the future; so, the floors must be able to help sell the home.

Flooring Types Buyers Like Most

Where some property owners go wrong is to put their own personal tastes first and not look at presenting wide appeal for the vast majority of buyers. They believe their personal preferences will make for the best choices, but that is often not the case. Therefore, it’s key to making a good impression with potential buyers by selecting the most popular consumer choices. This includes locality, which is to say, don’t try to pound a square peg into a round hole because it simply will not work.

“Today, people often aren’t shopping for fixer-uppers. ‘Buyers, for the most part, don’t want to do a lot when they move in. They want to re-create their lifestyle; people are busy,’ says Andrea Lawrence, current president of the St. Louis Association of Realtors and co-owner of Prudential Alliance Realtors in the St. Louis metro area. A nice floor helps a home sell fast, and for more. But how important, exactly, is it? While it’s true that the top return on investment is in renovating a tired kitchen and the master bathroom, floors are definitely in the top three…” —MSN Real Estate

For instance, in this area, carpeting might be an inexpensive option, but it will turn off buyers because of the snowy season. It frays, tears, and stains easily and the winter months will provide plenty of opportunity to track-in all kinds of stuff that will ruin carpeting in just a few short months. Make smart choices and they will pay you a nice return.

Best Flooring Choices to Lure Buyers

The majority of buyers want a move-in ready property. They are not looking for a project home that steals away their nights and weekends for months on end. With this is mind, you ought to make strategic changes. You don’t have to necessarily go for the most expensive options, but you do have to choose wisely or you’ll not be getting any real interest. Here are the most preferred flooring choices, room by room:

Living Rooms and Family Rooms

For living and family rooms, no other flooring comes close when it comes to buyer preference than hardwood. Light, dark, you name it, wood flooring wins in these areas hands-down. People like it because it’s warm and inviting, provides and sense of space and continuity, and because it performs very well in these highly trafficked areas.

Dining Rooms

Believe it or not, hardwood is again the best and most preferred choice for buyers. Continuity is a big reason, but so is its ease of cleaning. It helps a dining room look larger and more elegant. What’s more, it does not wear like carpet and doesn’t require grout cleaning, as does tile.


It might surprise you to learn that wood flooring is also the number one choice for kitchens, as buyers again like the sense of continuity and simple maintenance of sweeping and/or vacuuming. Tile, however, comes in a close second for kitchen flooring, while laminate or linoleum are a distant third.


Here is the only place where carpet has a solid edge, but is still followed closely by–you got it–hardwood. The reason is obvious, carpet doesn’t deliver a shock of cold to the feet during the winter and helps make bedrooms feel more cozy and intimate. Wood is a good choice when accompanied by area rugs.


It should come as no surprise that tile is the only real choice for bathrooms. Hardwood will warp in this tough environment and carpet just doesn’t cut it. Of course, tile floors complete with warmers are the most preferred for buyers.

Last but certainly not least are finished basements and downstairs dens. Carpet is the least expensive choice, but since moisture is a concern, then laminate or linoleum are acceptable choices. Engineered hardwood, designed to repel moisture and provide long life is another sound bet, but it comes with a hefty price.