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Old 04-02-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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I am thinking of replacing the carpet on the second floor with hardwood floor. will this improvement make the house more or less desirable when i try to sell it later? I barely saw any houses with hardwoor floor on both the first and second floor when I was on the market a couple years ago.
Do you have any company you would recommend to do the job at a reasonable price? the second floor is about 1700 sqft, any rough ideas on the cost of the project?
Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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I'll be interested to hear any responses also. My wife wanted hardwoods on the second level, but our builder would not do it even when we asked them, which was weird because they were very accomodating about most other things we asked. (not a full custom builder though) The house was built in 2006 and we did have them install hardwoods on the entire first floor, including the kitchen.

At any rate, we just had them installed up there about 6 months ago and love it so far. It is the master and closet , hallway and 2 other bedrooms. I had saved part of a box from our initial install and some scraps so we were able to get an exact match. I can give you the info on the person who installed ours. Full disclosure, it was my brother in law, who is a carpenter. He does a range of things from interior trim to floors and even the occasional exterior stuff.

We have three 25ish pound dogs and we like the fact that there is no carpet to hold everything. You do need to be on top of vacuuming because everything is visible. We bought one of the Dyson DC35 battery vacuums and it works great for the quick touch ups and getting under furniture. If you use it every couple of days for 5-10 minutes it's no problem to keep up.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I would love wood throughout the home, although not in wet areas.
I think I am in the minority regarding wood in bedrooms.

My wife likes carpet in the bedrooms, and I think she is with the majority.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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I would buy a house with HW on the second floor because of my allergies. My husband and I have cats, and they drag cat litter all around the house too.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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IMHO, if a home buyer wants carpet, they'll put it down over the hardwood. If a homebuyer doesn't want carpet, they'll look at the carpeting and think about what a pain in the neck it is to remove it and put down hardwood.

Ultimately, you live there...do what you like.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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If you can do it at a reaonable cost, it's your house and do what makes you happy.

The master is OK with hardwoods if you ask me. But others do like carpet in side rooms and for kids.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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We have hardwoods on all three floors and LOVE IT. We did carpet the kids rooms for the noise and coziness factor when they were little tykes but recently ripped it up 13 yrs later and the floors are in gorgeous shape still!

I love how easy they are to clean compared to carpets. esp. with animals and animal hair, etc.

We had our hardwoods refinished by Matt Fisher - Fisher Hardwood Flooring INC 919.523.5649 He also installs and I would highly recommend his company. They did a beautiful job.

BD hardwoods installed our hardwoods on the 3rd floor when we finished that off -- (919) 847-7444 and they are beautiful. They also did the stairs headed up to the 3rd floor which are gorgeous. In North Raleigh, you are always running into their floors at parade of homes - gorgeous job....

I would totally do it! get the quotes and see what it costs...
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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The moderators will probably take the names and numbers away, WeLuvNC, so I recommend directly messaging the OP.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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Depends if the subfloor is good. Many builders skimp on subfloor if the crappy work will be covered by carpet.

Most production builders will not upgrade to hardwood above the first floor.

Contractor should raise existing carpet for a peek before estimating job.

Be sure you get refinishable wood, not the plastic covered simulated hardwoods which are no good once scratched.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: S-E Michigan
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Default May require rebuilding your stairs

If the home is already constructed I would advise against harwood floors in the hallway served by the staricase. Adding hardwood in the bedrooms only would be relatively easy - provided you don't plan to install the full 3/4-inch thick wood floors.

Proper installation of hardwood floors in the hallway served by the staircase would require removing the stairs and installing all new stair jacks, or uniquely shimming each riser, to accomdate the newly increased height difference between the first and second floor.

This is likely why Sherifftruman's builder would not perform that change. Either the stair jacks were already installed, or his crew did not possess the math skills necessary to custom cut stair jacks for this purpose since the "standard" jacks would not pass code with hardwood on the upper floor.
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