Do you have hardwood flooring under your carpeting?

Do you have hardwood flooring under your carpeting? If you are selling your North Kingstown RI home, is it better to refinish the hardwood or is it better to recarpet?


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Hardwood floors are an option

Do you have hardwood floors underneath your carpet in your North Kingstown home? Consider yourself lucky as you have options and may be able to improve the value of your North Kingstown Rhode Island real estate home and save money at the same time!


North Kingstown hardwood flooring Washington County RI 02852Most home owners in North Kingstown prefer hardwood flooring – it looks nicer, it improves your home’s value, it lasts longer and it’s easier to clean. And, any Real Estate Agent will tell you that homes with hardwood flooring will sell faster and at a higher price.


What seems to be an additional pleasant surprise to most people is that it usually costs less to refinish your hardwood floors than to recarpet them. Refinishing hardwood is often less expensive than most people think and also, you are working with an asset you already have – hardwood floors. Contrast that to buying new carpet…where you need to purchase the materials plus take care of the labor. Pending on the quality of the carpet, that price can often be a lot higher, especially with gas prices increasing (carpet is petroleum based).


Hardwood flooring is usually easier to maintain and less expensive to maintain. Hardwood can really last for hundreds of years (in fact, I’ve refinished floors that were made in th 18th and 19th century). Carpeting is, on average, replaced every 5-7 yrs. Usually, it’s replaced far before the warranty technically runs out…due to all the stains. Cleaning your carpets annually (professionally) will definitely improve their appearance and help prolong their life. But, this is an additional expense you don’t have with hardwood floors.


If you are planning to sell your North Kingstown home, uncovering those hardwood floors will give you a distinct advantage in selling your home and capturing the maximum selling price. So, think twice before recarpeting…hardwood will cost less and improve you house’s value.


Do you have hardwood floors underneath your carpet in your North Kingstown home?


Guest Author Bio: Debbie Gartner is the owner of Floor Coverings International in Westchester NY. She is known as the Flooring Girl and she can be reached at 914-937-2950.


 Ginny Lacey Gorman is a North Kingstown RI real estate agent who lives the mantra that there is no place like home!  She is the Real Estate Agent with the sparkly red shoes making home dreams come alive for her clients in RI real estate.  Call her at 401.529.7849 or email her at