Inspecting Wood Floors
Today, many people on the market for a new home want hardwood floors. Because hardwood floors are beautiful and definitely add value, they are a huge draw to potential buyers. If you want hardwood floors in your new home, you will need to know what you are looking at so you can determine the condition, type of wood, problems, and so on. Keep in mind that sometimes, a home will have hardwood floors that have simply been covered by carpeting. If unsure, you can find a hidden corner in each room, pulling the carpeting back to reveal the subfloor.
With the hardwood floors exposed, you would see the coloring, design, and condition. Once you have determined that the home has hardwood flooring, walk around each room, listening for squeaks or trying to feel loose boards. In addition to doing your own inspection, it is important that you research information from the previous or current owner. For instance, find out when the floors were installed, when was carpeting added, if applicable, when were the floors last finished, and what type of protective coat was applied.
If you are a serious buyer, you want to ask about damage or large stains that might require the entire floor to be refinished. Remember, the owner will likely not want you to start pulling carpeting up from the entire room so you should talk to your real estate agent about having a clause added to the purchase contract. That way, the seller is likely to be more honest and you are protected just in case something is found beneath the carpeting.
If you would be more comfortable, you can always hire a professional hardwood floor installer to come with you to look at the flooring. This individual would have much more insight to help you make a final decision. For instance, he or she could identify the species of wood, approximate age of the floor, and again, the type of finish. Typically, this creates much more buying influence for you!
Sometimes, even though the floors are in excellent condition, you may still find areas that need to be sanded and refinished after moving into your new home. The good news is that most problems are minor, meaning fixes are quick and easy. Therefore, if you have interest in a particular home but find the floor is not perfect, remember you can have it refinished completely or partially.