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DIY Hardwood Floor Installations

Hardwood floors were once seen as gauche. All across the country, people covered their beautiful oak, cherry, walnut, and pine floors with carpets. Thick carpets – double ply and shag. The floors remained of course, but now they lay buried under layers and layers of fuzzy fabric. After only a few decades, the inevitable happened: carpets became stained, faded, damaged, damp, disgusting. People began to wonder just why they’d covered their floors with the stuff in the first place.

Now, we are at a point in time when hardwood floors are once again a hot commodity. People looking to purchase a home in which to settle down or raise a family will often seek out homes with hardwood floors, or they will investigate themselves how to remove the carpet and bring the floors hiding underneath to a new and brilliant light.

This article is the fourth in a series all on floors and how to prepare them when the ultimate goal is to sell the home. In our previous articles, we focused primarily on what to do if your home contains carpets that, though messy, you would like to maintain. Today we are taking things to an extreme pole: rather than maintain the carpets, what if you just ripped them out?

As illustrated above, the fact is that most homebuyers simply don’t want carpets. There’s something warm about hardwood, something honest in the way it doesn’t try to hide the dirt. Certainly, hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpet (see our article on steam cleaning). For these reasons, among others, people who are looking to purchase a home will often set their sights on places where the carpet, if it ever existed in the first place, has been ripped away, leaving only the hardwood floor underneath.

If you feel that your carpet is too far gone for restoration, or if you simply want to remove the carpet in order to give your home the best possible chances on the market, several options are available to you.


Do you consider yourself handy with a crowbar? Do you own a good pair of knee pads? Is your budget such that hiring outside assistance for projects is simply not an option? Tearing up a carpet by hand can seem like a daunting task, but every year thousands and thousands of people just like you do the exact same thing. And survive. Certainly it is a time commitment, but if your budget is a constant concern when it comes to home projects, then this might be the route to go.


As with all home-improvement tasks, hiring outside help is always an option. While this will certainly set you back financially (especially if you need a crew to both remove the carpet and buff the floors underneath), it will likely take less time and result in a more predictably successful transformation from carpet to hardwood.

Whether or not you choose to take matters into your own hands or to subcontract the project out to someone else, you will find your home attracts much more attention when the time comes to sell with the carpets gone and the floors shining in the daylight.

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