10. Splurge on Real Wooden Floors
There is a lot of vinyl flooring out there made to look like wood. While it might look amazing in the first six months to a year, there are a lot of issues that crop up over time. For example, humidity can cause the vinyl flooring to buck. Seams between the vinyl slats are unattractive, and can also crop up from air pressure. And once a vinyl floor is scratched up, there’s really no way to fix it except to replace the boards. By the time you’re ready to move out, the person who buys the house is most likely going to have to rip up the vinyl flooring and do something new.
Real hardwood, on the other hand, is designed to last a lifetime. If you’re lucky enough to live in a house with hardwood floors, it could be over 100 years old, and it still looks beautiful. Many home buyers also get excited about real hardwood, and it can be a real selling point for the next buyer. Unlike vinyl, real wood can be sanded and stained to fix up and scratches. Sometimes, scuff marks even give more character to real hardwood floors, and can be seen as a good thing, rather than a tragedy. It might cost more up-front, but it adds value to your home in the long run.