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Hardwood Floor Upgrade For Condo

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Feb 9, 2013
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Hardwood Floor Upgrade For Condo

I have a condo closing soon 550sqft. While going through the upgrade options, I was wondering what would be best to select for flooring?

For standard (no additional fee) option, the flooring is engineered hardwood but it's very thin, 4" wide, they said may last 5 years before you need to replace it.
The sales person suggested an upgraded flooring engineered hardwood white oak 5" wide and is much thicker for $5000, and will last more than 5 years.

If I'm planning to make it a rental property, is it worth the hardwood floor upgrade?
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Mar 14, 2006
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i would not do the upgrade, lots of wear and tear, tenant may not take care of it. it also depends how long you will keep the rental property, i would only consider it if you flip it short term. long term, if the standard option wood becomes really bad you can get them replaced with the $5000 you saved.
Deal Guru
Feb 29, 2008
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For a rental, don't get the upgrades. Keep your money, if anything happens down the road, then replace the floors.

Prefer laminate for rentals. More durable.
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Nov 5, 2018
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Any upgrades you do probably don’t increase rent, so you are basically subsidizing your tenant by improving their finishes. Builders are salesmen, they just want more money. I’d pass. In the future you can always hire contractors to upgrade for you for probably a fraction of the cost.
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Oct 26, 2007
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You are lucky the standard is engineered hardwood... usually they cheap out and go with very thin laminate.
Nov 26, 2012
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Absolutely don’t do it. There is zero ROI on upgraded flooring. Also never heard of anyone changing their engineering hardwood floor after only 5 years unless it was trashed or flooded. Lol what a lying salesperson.
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Jan 13, 2014
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If a sales person tells you that an engineered hardwood floor would only last 5 years I would simply refuse any other sort of upgrade at this point. First off these products have a useful life of 15-20 years. Secondly is he really going to charge you almost $10 per sqft for hardwood floors? i have changed from carpet to hardwood for much less than that.