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Hardwood Floors Are Positive For Home

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

My husband and I are considering making an offer on a new home, but my only reservations are the hardwood floors. Except for the bedrooms that have wall-to-wall carpeting, the other rooms, dining room, living room, study, kitchen, and family room have no carpeting, only hardwood floors. Aren't hardwood floors more trouble to take care of than carpets? The floors are in good condition, but we're worried about the upkeep. Also, aren't hardwood floors in a kitchen odd since the floor could get wet?


Floor reservations

Dear reservations,

Hardwood floors are not only easy to take care of, but are beautiful when complemented by a lovely area rug. Hardwood floors are normally a positive selling aspect of a home, adding warmth and richness to the overall decor.

Hardwood floors in a kitchen are not a problem. According to, kitchens/family rooms are commonly installed with wood flooring in new construction. If something spills, just wipe it up with a damp cloth. In fact, to clean hardwood floors, damp mopping is recommended.

Don't let hardwood floors deter you from making an offer on the home. Remember, the 3 most important points to look for in a new home are "location, location, location."

For more information on wood floors, see