Over the past few years, conventional carpeting in homes (for sale) has gotten a bad rap and had an even worse reputation. There are three primary reasons for all of this carpet bashing:
– The materials and chemicals used in its’ manufacturing process
– The difficulty in recycling or disposing of such carpeting
– The offgassing of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) within the home
The synthetic materials in carpeting were the main reason for its’ environmentally unfriendly and toxic reputation. But installing new carpets – or flooring – made from NATURAL fibers will allow both you and prospective home buyers to breathe a lot easier!
Natural carpet fibers range from cotton and wool to jute, sisal, and even seagrass! These plant and animal fibers are RENEWABLE resources that are less taxing on the environment – and more attractive – than synthetics such as nylon or polyester.
– Carpeting is warm to walk on. This can be comforting to the soul as well as the soles! (Especially on cold winter days.)
– Carpeting is very quiet. Unlike hardwood floors, carpets absorb the sound from sources, such as TVs, stereos, conversations, and especially footsteps!
Recycled content carpeting comes in many colors and is just as durable as conventional carpet. Some new carpets are manufactured from recycled carpeting, while others contain post-consumer content such as plastic bottles. Look for backing that is made from recycled materials also.
It’s possible to create the comfort level of carpeting by replacing it with an eco-friendly flooring product like cork. Available in rolls or as tiles, cork is very soft underfoot and easier to maintain than carpet. Cork is readily available, a rapidly renewable material, and the production of it is not nearly as taxing on the environment as the carpet manufacturing process. Another option is to install reclaimed hardwood or bamboo flooring and then strategically place area rugs rather than carpeting an entire room.
The first step to selling your home is the first impression you get to make on buyers when they step upon the green floor just inside your front door! So, if you want prospective buyers to be floored by your home, start with the floors!
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara