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Title: Floor foundations: preferences of new home buyers in six Southwestern United States markets

Author: Harpole, George B.; Dickerhoof, H. Edward

Date: 1971

Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-73. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest & Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 12 p

Station ID: RP-PSW-073

Description: Mail questionnaires and follow-up interviews were used to determine preferences among three types of floor foundations: concrete slab, wood crawl-space, and a new design that combines a low-profile wood floor with underfloor plenum. More respondents from northern markets preferred the crawl-space floor than from the southern markets. Factors most often cited as influencing preference were protection from termites, expected ease of reselling a house, and previous knowledge of or experience with a type of floor construction.

Key Words: floor foundations, buyer preference, concrete slabs, wood frame with crawl space, wood floor (low-profile), Arizona, California

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Harpole, George B.; Dickerhoof, H. Edward   1971.  Floor foundations: preferences of new home buyers in six Southwestern United States markets  Res. Paper PSW-RP-73. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest & Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 12 p.

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