Buying a new home is an exciting and fun process; you can pick your location, floor plan, and exterior. A good Realtor will advise any house hunter that flooring and wall color are easy fixes, and to not lose a deal over something that can be changed. If you’re looking at a home that needs new or different flooring, you have quite a few options to choose from.

Wood Planks – Hardwood flooring is a beautiful and durable material. You have a couple options for wood, as you can go with a solid wood of maple, pine or cherry. Hardwood floors are one of the most costly materials to go with, and can vary based on the wood you choose. Another great option is an engineered wood, which allows you to avoid the hassles of sanding and finishing. Engineered wood is also a great material for do-it-yourselfers, as the planks come with pre-cut tongue-and-grove joints.

Vinyl – Vinyl flooring is a very affordable option for your wet areas, like kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. The earliest vinyl floors had to be adhered to the subfloor, which made the removal an extensive process. Nowadays, however, vinyl has become an easy material to both install and remove. New products are coming out every year and floating vinyl sheets have become more popular. These sheets are much thicker, resulting in a long-lasting floor that is held down by the shoe molding.

Laminate – Laminate flooring is a great alternative to the more expensive hardwood or engineered wood. Laminate flooring typically comes in a wood grain style, but can also be found in a faux ceramic. Laminate flooring has a similar installation process to engineered wood, and is made up of tongue-and-groove planks. One of the best features of laminate is that it’s extremely resilient to stains, scratches and fading.

Carpeting – Carpet is one of the most desirable options for families with children. New carpet can transform a dingy house, and provide comfort for your whole family. There are hundreds of carpet choices, including colors, textures, durability and stain resistance. For the do-it-yourself families, there are carpet squares that allow you to carpet a small area or room on your own. Carpet squares are great for carpeting a play room, or a fun, kid-themed bedroom. What’s best about carpet squares is that you can mix and match the colors and styles for a fun look.

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