Nashville Property Talk: Hardwood Floors vs. Carpet


    Flooring is one of the biggest factors for homebuyers in choosing a new home. For some homebuyers, the feel of carpet on bare feet is desirable. Others prefer the gorgeous look of hardwood floors. In either case, the floors should be neat, clean and as nice as possible.

    Aside from preference though, what are the advantages and disadvantes to these two flooring types? Let’s look more closely at hardwood floors vs. carpet.

    Why homeowners love hardwood floors

    One of the main benefits of hardwood floors is durability. Hardwood floors are long lasting and can be refinished multiple times over the years to keep them looking fresh. Plus, hardwood floors come in a variety of widths, stains, and woods. This means that hardwood floors are virtually customizable for each homeowner.

    Hardwood floors are also sustainable, which makes them the favored choice among homeowner looking for green options. Lately, many homes are being renovated or built with recylced and reclaimed wood that comes from old barns or even a former house.

    Hardwood floors are easier to clean. It’s a lot easier to notice a spill on a hardwood floor than carpet and usually a quick clean-up is all that’s needed. Additionally, since hardwood floors don’t hold allergens, many homeowners find keeping their hardwood floors clean helps with allergies.

    The cost for hardwood floors is generally higher than carpet. Hardwood floors are about $9-$12 per square foot when you include installation costs. While the upfront cost can be greater, the longevity of the hardwood floor helps homeowners justify the expense.

    Why homeowners love carpet

    Sure, hardwood floors are pretty to look at, but how do they feel against bare feet or when it’s time to crawl around? The main reason homeowners love carpet is for its soft feel. Carpet is warm, which is especially nice in the winter but also great for homeowners with small children who tend to play and crawl around on the floor frequently.

    Carpet has come a long way over the years, and many high-quality carpets are durable and include stain-resistant fibers to make cleaning less of a headache. Generally, carpet doesn’t show spills and dirt like hardwood floors, which means it can be cleaned less often.

    Like hardwood floors, carpet also comes in a wide variety of styles, colors, and choices for homeowners. It’s also less expensive and faster to install, averaging around $3-$5 per square foot with installation.

    The fact is, there is no right or wrong choice on hardwood floors vs. carpet. There are multiple reasons homeowners prefer one over the other. However, we’ve found with our Nashville real estate clients, that a blend of each tends to work best. For high traffic rooms and formal rooms, hardwood floors look lovely and add appeal for homebuyers. For more casual rooms, like dens and bedrooms, homebuyers seem to respond well to carpet.

    Planning on redoing your floors to help sell your Nashville house? Give us a call and we can help you determine if those carpets really need to go or just need a good cleaning!

    Looking for Nashville area homes for sale with stunning hardwoods? Check our current Nashville MLS listings and let us know how we can help you find the home of your dreams!

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