“Are the floors hardwood underneath?” is easily one of the most asked questions for any home with carpeting, which shouldn’t come as any surprise since hardwood floors remain one of the biggest requests from homebuyers.
If you don’t know the answer or, better yet, if you don’t know the condition of the floors, you’ll want to at least try and find out before listing your home.
In not so many words, pop the hood and take a look.
Is there an area in the corner that you just might be able to raise enough to take a look at the floor underneath? If so, this is all the proof you need to spot the floor below. You can either take a photo for your REALTOR to keep on file or leave that section of the floor available for any future homebuyers who might want to take a look themselves.
Keep in mind, if you’re going to lift up a corner of the carpet, you should be comfortable with the fact that prospective buyers walking through your home are going to peel back that same piece to check it out for themselves.
With that said, you’ll want to make sure you can easily revert that change should you decide to take your home off the market, or if the new homeowner wants to keep your carpeting down.
In all likelihood though, with 8 out of 10 buyers ranking hardwood floors at the top of their want list, the new owners may be looking to rip up your carpet within the first week or so of officially owning the home.