Mobile homes usually come with wall-to-wall carpet in nearly every room. Why? Because it’s cheaper for the manufacturer to put in carpet than install expensive hardwoods. But is carpet the best choice for you? Does it fit your lifestyle and budget?
Maybe you’ve never thought about it before. Or maybe you love your carpet and never want to give it up! But we want you to think it through before you dismiss the thought. Here are our top 7 reasons to go carpet-less in your mobile home in 2021.
#1 Carpet can be permanent
In a mobile home, carpet is stapled to the subfloor during the assembly process. You’re stuck with it. And without extensive work, you can’t change it, even if your tastes evolve over the years and you come to hate the color. Even worse, what if the carpet gets badly stained? The average homeowner doesn’t have the money or time to pull up old carpets every year and replace them.
#2 Your carpet is worn out…now what?
Carpets can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, depending on how well they’re cared for and their level of quality. What if your carpet gets so worn out that you know you have to replace it? Are you willing to move all your furniture out and take a few days to tackle the project? Knowing that you’ll have to do it all over again in a few years when your new carpet gets old can be a frustrating situation.
#3 Is the cost of carpet really worth it?
Do you find that your carpet needs replacing every five or six years? Compare the cost of replacing your carpet multiple times during your lifetime with the cost of purchasing hardwoods only once. Obviously, even though hardwoods are a bigger investment, they actually save you money in the long run.
Is the cost of having carpet actually worth it to you? Of course, that depends on personal preference. But if you’re logical about it, you can see how it might not be entirely worth the trouble.
#4 Carpet can be a health-hazard
Carpet, especially cheaper mobile home carpet, is usually made of synthetic materials. Synthetics, or man-made chemicals, can increase the effects of allergies and other health problems in yourself and your family.
Hygiene is also a concern. Carpet can become a breeding ground for germs. In areas like bathrooms or other spots where moisture is present, carpet can even harbor hidden mold.
#5 Hardwoods and linoleum add value
So let’s say you’ve decided you switch from carpet to hardwood or linoleum flooring. What are the benefits that carpet-less floors bring to the table? Well, for one thing, everybody loves wood (or wood-look) flooring these days. Buyers are looking for homes specifically without carpet. And we don’t blame them. Wood floors are beautiful, on-trend, and just plain awesome.
If you’re planning to sell your mobile home in 2021, you should seriously consider getting rid of your carpet. Add value with wood floors and sweeten the deal for your potential buyers!
#6 Wood floors add to the home’s aesthetic
Like we mentioned above, if you’re looking to update your home, tearing out your carpet is the way to go. Carpet can look dated (although it doesn’t always). Not many of the up-to-date designers on HGTV are looking to include carpet in their renovation projects! That’s because carpet is a thing of the past at this point. It may come back in a few years, but if you want to give your home a trendy, modern look, maybe it’s time for the carpet to go.
#7 Wood floors are a breeze to clean
Wood floors are the most sanitary floors around. Plus they rarely stain and are hard to damage. Food, dirt, and other debris are easy to sweep up.
On the other hand, carpet is notoriously hard to clean. It requires either putting in a day’s work on your part or spending money to get it cleaned professionally. Not so with wood floors! With a mop and a broom, you can make your wood floors look great in just minutes.
Are you looking to make some positive changes in 2021? Tearing out your old carpet can be one of them! There are a lot of reasons for going carpet-less in your mobile home. Not only will you add value and charm with alternative flooring, but you’ll create a cleaner, healthier home for your family. For more tips, check out our 6 mistakes to avoid when replacing your mobile home flooring.