I’m happy to share this guest post by Bruce MacDonald, the team leader at MacDonald Hardwoods, a flooring store in Denver. For over three decades, his crew has serviced the state with flooring installations, cleaning, and DIY classes to help homeowners properly care for their floors. You’ll definitely want to let these guys help you choose the best flooring for your home.

You’ve found the house. You’ve signed your soul over to your mortgage broker. You’re ready to move into your new place! 

The floors look pretty gross, though. Should you do something about that? 

Many homeowners are tempted to ignore problems with their flooring, especially when that same flooring is covered with moving boxes or furniture. They assume that it will take a lot of time and energy to strip their carpets or refurbish their hardwoods, so they put it off with vague promises of “later.” 

This is a huuuuuge mistake. If you don’t fix your floors before you load them up with all of your stuff, you never will. 

The good news is that it doesn’t actually take a mammoth effort to get your floors into decent condition. With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, you can have perfectly livable floors long before Fido decides to christen them. 

There are many different materials you can use for floors, including wood, carpet, tile and stone. These materials also come with many different subcategories of their own. 

For example, popular types of hardwood floors for bedrooms and living rooms are cherry, maple, mahogany and bamboo. With tile for bathrooms and kitchen, you can choose from marble, porcelain, pebbled or travertine.

Collect samples and curate image galleries for inspiration. The next time someone gives you grief about your social media addiction, you can loftily inform them that you’re pinning very important pictures for your next remodeling project.

Don’t be overly swayed by what the Duchess of Cambridge is doing with the floors of Kensington Palace. Everyone has their own opinion about what makes a good floor, and since you’re rebuilding or repairing your own, you get to decide what makes you feel like royalty. 

You can opt for mosaic tile, subfloor heating, stained wood, textured or woven carpets, or unique trims, insets and thresholds. And you can do anything you’d like with colors and customized designs:  An ingrained spiral pattern on hardwood that swirls around a master staircase? Colored tiles laid in mesmerizing shapes? That thick shag carpet you’ve wanted since your disco days?

Take time to double check your budget, and think about the costs of material, installation and longterm maintenance. But don’t dawdle! If you don’t get it done before your official move-in date, you’re likely to put it on a doomed to-do list and forget all about it. 

The time to replace your floor is right now. Right now! Pick up the phone. Call your contractors. Why are you still reading this? Go!

Photo: Caillebotte the floor scrapers

Cynthia Cummins is a Top Producer and Partner at McGuire. For info on SF real estate visit http://CynthiaCummins.com. This article was re-posted at McGuire.com.