Charles Rutenberg Realty
In today's market as in any market, you will always want to put your best foot forward when presenting your home for sale. When a buyer walks into your home, you will want them to visualize themselves in your home, and feel like they have just come home. Whether it is updating carpeting, touching up some paint, pressure cleaining a dirty driveway or roof, your goal is to grab the attention of any and all buyers. We all know the importance of first impressions. You want a buyer to be able to reference your home as the one with the clean drive way, clean kitchen etc, not just the thought of a mauve carpet. I too would suggest in making the switch to a more neautral color carpeting.
Good luck on the sale of your home.
RE/MAX Advance Realty
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Keller Williams Realty
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I agree replacing carpeting to freshen up the color would help the home sell faster, but don't count on recouping your "investment". The appraiser will not give your home more value because your carpet is beige vs. mauve.
If you are looking for an incentive to overcome a possible objection, I would offer the buyer a flooring allowance of $5-7000 (if you're prepare to spend that much anyway), say to Bob's Carpet or wherever. That way the buyer can have the opportunity to install wood, tile or carpet of their chosing - how exciting is that to a new owner?
I had one of my clients install all new carpeting in their home, just to have their neighbors tell them a week after closing the new owners had it ripped out & put at the curb so they could install tile.
I had a seller who was concernced about a flowery wallpapered room in her home and wanted to paint over it. I advised against it. And, believe it or not, that room was the favorite of the Buyer! You never know...Best of luck to you.
If you hire Sherry your only restriction will be on how high your house will appraise. I think I told you about my client that got a 3,344 sq ft Brighton plan home with a pool for $253k in St. Andrew.
Also if the proposed Bill in the Senate passes to allow immediate Visas to immigrants buying at least $500k of Real Estate with at least $250k spent on the primary residence, it should result in a higher demand and higher prices for a home like yours in The Eagles. Here's the Wall St. Journal article:
This may not be the right time to downsize.
All the best,
Bold colors, walls and floors can create problems for buyers. For this reason more neutral colors tend to help buyers view the property's potential more objectively.
In the case of carpeting costing $7,000.....mauve or any other color of a perfectly functioning and good conditioned carpet would remain "as is."
You should be able to replace the floors with "imported hardwood" for that amount.....consider getting additional estimates and shopping around.
I too have sold many homes and there are many buyers who do not want carpet. Some may have pets, some alergies, others just don't like carpet in their home.
By offering a flooring credit, it allows the new buyer to get what they like.
I am sure once they know there is a flooring allowance, they won't even notice the mauve carpet.
Needless to say, I would welcome the opportunity to work with you. I have personally renovated and sold over 25 properties. It is fun and creates a wonderful game of strategy and creates a project with the goal of achieving your maximum return on investment. By developing a brief and efficient game plan on paper you can establish priorities and phases of improvement while watching your costs. I think that it is just great fun.
Before you create a list of things to change and spend money, I suggest that you build your real estate team. Your projected expenditure of $7000 is significant and you want to obtain an overall view of your property and a comparision of those properties most similar to yours.
Spending money is easy. Spending it well and effectively is an art to achieve your desired results. Your change may not be the carpet it might be something else. Choose your agent wisely. Again, working with you as a motivate Seller would be fun. firstname.lastname@example.org
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You may want to hire a stager to give you a very good idea of where you should spend your money. It may be that a certain paint color may minimize the "mauve" color. Also because of the high demand for hardwood, laminate and tile flooring in Tampa Bay (and the inexpensive cost for nice quality laminate that looks very much like wood... go to Costco and look at the wood scraped wide plank laminate) you may get a better appearance and spend less money.
Here is a fantastic stager you may want to contact, she gave great advice to my client and they sold their home for more than the neighboring homes and the cost was minimal:
Sherry Tilghman, ASP IAHSP, Designer
Tara Designs II
If you've not yet chosen a Realtor, I would be happy to meet with you to discuss my services and plan to get your house sold for the highest price with the least amount of stress to you. If you're already working with a Realtor, I wish you all the success in the sale of your house.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty, Inc.
Liane Jamason, REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
I had a townhome on the market for nearly a year before the seller agreed to replace the (mauve) carpeting--we had an offer in three days once it was replaced!