By: Perfect Hardwood  09-12-2011
Keywords: Real Estate Agents, hardwood floors, Wood Floors

Wood flooring's value
For most people, their home represents their largest Single investments, o they spend money on improvements; they want to get the most value. One of the items that can add significant
Value to your customer's home is wood floors. In fact, in a November 2006 survey conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association with real estate agents across North America, 99 percent agree that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell than homes without wood floors, 82 percent agreed that homes with hardwood floors sell faster than homes without wood floors
and 90 percent agrees that homes with hardwood floors sell for more money than homes without wood floors. How much more? Eighty-eight percent of the agents responding indicated one percent to l0 percent more, while l2 percent of agents responding indicated more than l0 percent. Those figures speak volumes about the value of hardwood floors. Think about it. If your customer's home is valued at $200,000,and he or she were to invest $10,000 in hardwood flooring, at an increased home sales value of 10 percent, the home potentially could sell for $220,000, doubling
your customer's initial wood flooring investment. Real estate agents also report that, their clients prefer wood floors for a variety of other reasons as  well, with more than half responding that
wood floors increase a home's resale value, wood floors promote a healthier indoor living environment, wood floors are beautiful and wood floors are easy to clean and maintain.Interior designers agree that wood floors add value to a home because real wood floors
are a decorating element that coordinates with any decor. In a similar survey, also conducted in November 2006 by the National Wood Flooring Association with interior designers across
North America, 96 percent agreed that wood floors work with many decorating styles, 94 percent agreed wood floors add value to a home, 92 percent agreed wood floors are warmer than other
flooring options and 88 percent agreed wood floors are hypo-allergenic. In addition, more than three-fourths agreed that wood floors are environmentally friendly, easy to maintain and easy
to make look like new. When you add to this the fact that wood floors will last a lifetime, they become a real value as well.
According to How Long Things Last, a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, wood floors are rated t o last 100-plus years. No other available flooring option lasts as long,
which means flooring alternatives will need to be replaced sooner, using more resources to produce, costing more money to purchase new materials and creating more landfill waste to discard the old,
worn-out flooring. Wood flooring is the most renewable flooring material available. Nonrenewable building materials must be produced in man-made factories. This requires large inputs of fossil fuels, resulting in high carbon dioxide emissions. In other words, all other possible flooring options are more harmful to the environment than wood.
. Average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than average annual removals.
. Indoor air quality is better with wood floors.
. Wood is a carbon-neutral product that produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon
during its service life.
. Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring options.
. At the end of its service life, wood flooring can be burned as fuel or recycled.
. Wood floors last hundreds of years, so will not need to be replaced as often as other flooring options.
. While it takes most hardwood trees 40 to 60 years to mature, the inventory planted today will not be needed for over 100 years.
Real wood floors have a lot to offer - beauty, style, durability and environmental friendliness- not to mention that they will add value to your customer's home.
The mission of the National Wood Flooring Association is to advance and promote the wood flooring industry, while bringing valuable resources and information to its members.
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The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: hardwood floors, Real Estate Agents, Wood Floors