May is National Moving Month.

Who knew?

Well…we did. Maybe you did, too.

Moving comes with a lot of questions, especially if you’re still in the process of selling your old home. There are so many things to think about—required maintenance, deep cleaning, odd jobs here and there, not to mention staging.

I’ll let you in on a secret, though. It will help you prioritize. I’ve heard it from several of the realtors I know:

Buyers typically look down first instead of up.

Coming into a home with hardwood floors, for instance, takes the breath away from some people. Hardwood flooring adds elegance and natural charm to any space, and many people are falling in love with hardwood all over again, especially with the variety of wood flooring options available today.

But, what if your hardwood floors aren’t currently in the best shape? How much will refinishing or replacing them really improve the value of your home? Are wood floors even known for having a good return on investment?

One of Valor Home Service’s brand promises is finishing our projects on-budget. And when we talk to homeowners who are getting ready to sell their house, part of the budget they have to take into account is the money in (along with the money out), or the return on investment. We work to give them the best and most up-to-date information we can based on our partnership with realtors in the area.


Refinishing your hardwood floors if you’re selling your home



In terms of the sales pitch you can give to potential buyers, hardwood floors add elegance that you can definitely brag about. Buyers will come in and see the style and versatility along with warmth that hardwood floors bring.

The first thing that most buyers will see in any space will be the floor, so making a great first impression by way of your flooring is essential. Here are some tips to go about it:

  • Know your area. Some pockets of homes in and around Belleville have a LOT of hardwood floors. In fact, in some neighborhoods, it’s the norm. If you’re the last one in your neighborhood to refinish your original hardwood or even get wood floors installed after everyone else already did, you’ll want to catch up before you sell.
  • Reduce the number of flooring types in your home. Whether you already have a lot of hardwood or have other kinds of flooring, consistency can make a big difference. A flowing hardwood floor from one room to the other, for instance, can give the appearance of a larger space. If you do have hardwood floors in a more “interrupted” floor plan, consider updating other floors to a hardwood of a similar grain and species to keep the flow from room to room.
  • Refinishing damaged or stained hardwood before showing your house is a MUST. Everyone knows that hardwood finishing is no small feat, and not a lot of buyers are going to be excited about the prospect of doing it when they move in. Your floors can showcase of your home’s beauty if you get them prepared to show off.

Do you have a space in your house that needs work? Are you getting ready to sell? Call Valor Home Services for five-star hardwood floor refinishing, repair and installation for a guaranteed all-star job.