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Old 01-27-2018, 11:49 AM
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We're getting ready to sell our house. This is an affordable working class/retiree neighborhood; by no means upscale. Unpermitted dwellings are common, nearly every lot has some kind of tarp shed (ours is well away from the house). Our house is above average, fully permitted, and well maintained.

The issue: we tore the carpets out of the bedrooms when we moved in (ugh, mildewy messes), and painted the subfloor because we didn't find anything else we liked. They look nice; one even has a huge map of the island decoupaged on it (with a teeny-tiny "you are here" arrow pointing to our lot).

Flooring in the great room is rather cheap 10-year-old faux wood that probably should be replaced in the next few years. Bathroom floors are tile. So are the kitchen counters, for that matter.

So, my question: are the painted floors going to be a problem?
Any suggestions on making them seem nicer? We don't want to spend a lot of money on them, of course.
Maybe an area rug, or lauhala mats (common here)?
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:39 PM
 
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Only your realtor can tell you if it's going to be a deal breaker for someone. You can always offer a flooring allowance if it becomes an issue. Most buyers would prefer to choose their own flooring.
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Old 01-27-2018, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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take the time to go see your competition, and see what their flooring is like.
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Old 01-27-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Not knowing your market in particular, I will defer to a good local realtor if they disagree... but in general, if it's clean and livable as it is, I'd offer it as-is first, instead of trying to predict what floors someone else will want.
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Old 01-27-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Painted sub-floor probably will not pass an FHA or VA appraisal. Flooring needs to be where flooring goes, and that is a red flag right there. If you had a cash or conventional buyer, it shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 01-27-2018, 03:35 PM
 
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Agree that a realtor could provide the best response. But if you post pictures here, we may be able to provide input.

(Personally, I'm interested to see how a decoupaged floor had stood up to foot traffic.)
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:07 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by steiconi View Post
We're getting ready to sell our house.
The issue: we tore the carpets out of the bedrooms when we moved in
So, my question: are the painted floors going to be a problem?
Yes. Expect to pay for new carpets. Modest quality well installed is fine.
It will cost you less if you do this NOW.

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Flooring in the great room is rather cheap
Clean and polish. Say nothing more.
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Old 01-27-2018, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Please don't put carpet down. If I purchased your home, the first thing I would do is rip out the carpet. It's just disgusting.

OP is in Hawaii where probably tile is the norm. Just give your buyer a flooring allowance and if it becomes a problem with financing (and there are no other barriers to closing), ask buyer what he/she wants and do the flooring then. It's not rocket science.
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:11 PM
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Painted sub-floor probably will not pass an FHA or VA appraisal. Flooring needs to be where flooring goes, and that is a red flag right there. If you had a cash or conventional buyer, it shouldn't be an issue.
Thanks, that's good to know.

Our realtor said we should list the house with the painted floors, but I'm looking for things to worry about.

I would never put carpet anywhere here. just too humid.

we covered the decoupage with a clear finish made for decks, it's holding up well.
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Old 01-27-2018, 10:50 PM
 
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Your house sounds interesting. You never know what people will like. I had a friend that had painted murals on her walls, kitchen back splash was broken tile, pieces of cups and plates and even Doll heads and they did some kind of flagstone on the floors. I figured it would set forever. Sold in 4 days for $5000 over asking.
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