Exposing wood exposes hidden value
According to a recent study done by WoodCare, adding wooden features to your home will increase its value 5% - 15%, almost immediately.
“You achieve an instant positive effect by stripping down and exposing the natural character of wooden banisters, re-instating those genuine wooden doors and, particularly, installing real wooden floors (especially in the reception areas)”.
Exposing original (hidden underneath carpets) wood floors and restoring them to their old glory is easier than most think. See also reason 21.