Home Buyers Who Get a Post-Closing Lump of Coal
When there are hardwood floors in the closets, you usually expect to find them under the carpet in the adjoining room.
The exception, in my experience: 1950’s construction ” often ramblers ” that were built just as high-quality, affordable carpeting took the housing market by storm (think of it as the “stainless” of its day).
Why does it matter?
Nothing’s a bigger bummer for home Buyers, post-closing, then pulling up old carpets and expecting to find pristine hardwood floors ” and instead discovering . . . plywood.
Unless the Seller represented that there were hardwood floors, they’re typically off the hook.
Ditto for another, related scenario: there in fact are hardwood floors under the carpeting ” but they’re in horrible condition.
P.S.: Which still leaves the question: why bother to put hardwood floors in the closets but not elsewhere??
See also, “I Wonder What’s Underneath the Hardwood Floors.“