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Old 01-16-2010, 11:27 AM
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Right now my house has some bad looking 16x16 tiles throughout. I'm going to replace the main areas of the house with a laminate. Ultimate goal is getting the house as attractive to possible buyers to sell it when I won't take a beating.

Do you think buyers prefer laminate throughout? Carpet or laminate in the bedrooms? Tile or laminate in the kitchen and baths?
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Old 01-16-2010, 03:17 PM
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If you live near the coast, then tile is considered to be the most expensive and long-lasting flooring choice. If you're doing this to sell the house, then look at the tiles that need replacing and consider setting four small tiles in the space left by one 16/16. If you can make a pattern out of it, all the better.

Getting tile up is easy, but getting thinset off a concrete slab is a royal PITA...and expensive unless you have the time to invest in a PITA job. If you can limit the demolition to just a select group of tiles, you'll be miles ahead financially and time-wise.
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A lot depends on the type/size/quality of the house and the area. I have found laminate to be a tough sell in most cases. People perceive it as cheap. This is a real shame as there are a lot of very nice looking and durable floors available with this material. Carpet is usually best for bedrooms unless it is an upscale house and then hardwood. Only tile for bathrooms. I like to see tile in the kitchen but again hardwood is popular in high end homes. If the existing tile is very well done and still sound (concrete or mud base), it is possible to go over it rather than remove it.

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It would be helpful to know what's causing some of the tiles to look bad. Bucking, or what?

Never thought about going over existing tile...wouldn't that put a trip hazard at every doorway?
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A lot depends on the type/size/quality of the house and the area. I have found laminate to be a tough sell in most cases. People perceive it as cheap. This is a real shame as there are a lot of very nice looking and durable floors available with this material. Carpet is usually best for bedrooms unless it is an upscale house and then hardwood. Only tile for bathrooms. I like to see tile in the kitchen but again hardwood is popular in high end homes. If the existing tile is very well done and still sound (concrete or mud base), it is possible to go over it rather than remove it.

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Gotta tell ya we are going though the same process and the bottom line is market value.
We put hardwood in the m/bed, kitchen and living room. In the process of tiling all baths
and mud/laundry rooms. The problem is our house value has dropped 100k from a few
years ago and we don't know where it will stop. There is a lot of forclosers in our zip from
the market peak a few years ago which makes for an ugly maket if selling. We decided to make the upgrades so we would be happy in case selling is not profitable. So I say tile and hardwood.
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I love laminate, I think it is a great product. But a lot of people think it is cheap. I would not put laminate through out I think it will adversly affect your sale.
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It would be helpful to know what's causing some of the tiles to look bad. Bucking, or what?

Never thought about going over existing tile...wouldn't that put a trip hazard at every doorway?
Amature installation (did it myself), crooked in some places, did not remove the base boards before installation. Just grouted up to the base boards. Just looks bad. I have gotten better doing small jobs so I'm confident I can do the bathrooms again. I did an outdoor counter top and it came out great but I screwed up large areas.

House is 1300 sq feet. Not large or upscale. Trying to do this with around 10k budget.
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When I was looking at houses the ones that had laminate installed that was new and to much of it I took them off the list.These are people tring to hide go with the tile repair
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Why not poll a few realtors and or look a some homes like yours to see what is more attractive.
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Why not poll a few realtors and or look a some homes like yours to see what is more attractive.
Yes - there are regional "tastes" - as an entry level home I would guess that laminate would be just fine. It is VERY practical for kitchens and high traffic and rec rooms. I do not like carpet (we have it in all bedrooms) dueto allergies and cleaning issues BUT it DOES look better it in the bedrooms and sure feels warmer and quieter.

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