The number of active listings in some real estate markets increases dramatically every week. As a seller, you want to make sure that your home stands out among those listings. Otherwise, your home may linger on the market for several months.

Installing new flooring or repairing existing flooring may seem like a lot of hassle, especially since you are looking to sell it in the near future. However, this can increase the value of your home and make your home attractive to the largest pool of buyers. If you’re lucky, it may even speed up the selling process.

Replace old carpet

Dated or stained carpets are a huge turn off to potential buyers. If you have pets at home, there’s a good chance that the carpet smells and is badly stained. Although pet lovers may understand this dilemma, they won’t be interested in buying the house, let alone walking on the floor bare feet, knowing that the previous owner’s pet has stained the carpet.

Some sellers would have the carpet professionally cleaned before putting the house on the market, but this won’t do the trick. In this case, we recommend that you get rid of the old carpet and install new flooring before selling.

Replace chipped or cracked tiles

First impressions matter when selling your home. You want to make sure that your home is in top shape, including your flooring.

Home buyers will examine every room in your home and take note of problems they find. Even the smallest details like chipped or cracked tile, broken appliances or overgrown lawn can give the impression that the property has not been well taken care of.

If you intend to keep your flooring, be sure to replace chipped or cracked tile before welcoming potential buyers into your home.

Refinish wood flooring

In today’s national market, hardwood seems to be the hot flooring item. The problem is that, hardwood tends to get scratched, nicked or even gouged over time. Sanding and refinishing wood flooring will give it a welcoming shine. This will make your home appealing to a large number of buyers, which in turn, can help your home sell faster.

Since wood flooring can feel cold in winter, it is a good idea to add area rugs in certain parts of the house.