Grain vs. Stain

If you can’t identify a food you’ve never tasted before, the cliché answer is that it “tastes like chicken.”

That’s usually safe, because, depending on how it’s prepared, chicken can taste like anything.

Oak floors are a bit the same way (at least to my eye).

“Tastes Like Chicken”

I recently previewed a home with what appeared to be striking walnut floors.

In fact, they were oak, just stained darker to look like (more expensive) walnut.

Nice way to save some money ” and I’m guessing 9 out of 10 prospective Buyers can’t tell the difference (and won’t care!).

See also, “The Case of the Too-Shiny Hardwood Floors.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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