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For people who struggle when it comes to space, optimising a room as much as possible will help you make the most of what you have in order to highlight a property’s best assets. When you put your house on the market, it’s important to make sure potential buyers see the property in its best light – and flooring will play a big part in this. In this article, we’ll be taking you through 5 cost-effective ways clever flooring choices can help you sell your property – without breaking the bank.

1. Make sure you match

There are a number of different flooring types out there, and it’s imperative that the floor you choose matches the room it will be fitted into. Whether you’re choosing oak laminate or dark walnut flooring, make sure the colours complement the rest of the room. As potential buyers view each room, it’s important that the transition across surfaces feels natural and creates a feeling of openness and calm.

2. Go for wood

Wood is timeless, and often a staple feature in many homes. Providing a great way to add character to a room and open up any space, wood can be used to give a room depth and trick the eye into believing a room is bigger than it actually is. The way you lay the wood is also an important factor to consider – so try placing planks parallel to the longest wall in a room to make the most of the space you’re working with. Diagonal placement is also an option, as this will make the room feel more spacious and provide a stylish finish to your room.

3. Try out tiles

A fantastic alternative to wood, tiles work well to open up spaces and can be used to create a modern or vintage aesthetic. When it comes to choosing the right tiles, you’ll be spoilt for choice. While light tiles work well in kitchens that benefit from ample natural light, other rooms will require colour and consistency to impress potential buyers. If you’re serious about selling your home, it’s worth spending some time exploring different tiles for different rooms, rather than opting for the shades on sale.

4. Use seamless flooring

A clever trick often used by interior designers is the implementation of seamless flooring. This ‘open plan’ appearance can really open up a space and create the illusion of one larger room. This works particularly well in cozy, smaller spaces like apartments and one-bed flats – so is a perfect tool in your decorators toolkit if you feel your place is in need of more space. 

5. Choose planks (not strips) 

When it comes to flooring for smaller rooms, planks (boards wider than 3”) are your best bet, allowing you to expand perceived floor space and diminish the ‘clutter’ effect that thinner strips can have on those cosier areas of the home. Bigger is better when it comes to wooden flooring, and picking planks over strips will open the space and make a great first impression on visitors. 

If you’re on a mission to sell your home and want to make the most of the space you’re working with, you might not need to shell out huge amounts of cash to completely alter the appeal of your rooms. Follow our 5 tips and you’ll be well on your way to selling your property in no time. 

This guest post is written by Jim Laird, Chief Executive of Flooring Republic, factory outlet showrooms for solid and engineered hardwood flooring.