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Mark Tyler, Home Seller in Scottsdale, AZ

How much value does a new carpet add?

Asked by Mark Tyler, Scottsdale, AZ Fri Jan 11, 2013

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 8, 2013
I think that having a new carpet is really nice to have when buying a home. Old carpets can be a bit gross, and having a new carpet can also really help with original appeal. It helps to make the home look much nicer in general, so then buyers like ti more to begin with. I think that if you are able to, you should replace the carpet so that your home looks nice and is worth more! http://www.aggielandcarpet1.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 2, 2015
It would depend on what type of floor covering was there before. For example, going from hardwood to carpet, would decrease the value. If you are just replacing old worn out and stained carpet with new, it will help the home sell quicker and for more money than leaving the old carpet. How much? We'll most likely more than the cost of the carpet you are installing. So in my opinion I would change it out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 18, 2014
Little or no value as it is typically viewed as a maintenance item. There are great articles posted on improvements that add value to your home. Contact me if you are thinking of selling and we can do a walk through for suggesstions to improve your home prior to selling.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 5, 2014
That's interesting, Wayne. I always thought that good carpet would add a lot of value to a home. I think it really depends on how old your carpet is. Some people really don't want old carpet in their new home. http://www.carpetcareservices.com.au/services,supply.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 3, 2014
Honestly, I would say quite a bit. Carpet can change the entire outlook on a room. It's one of the first things people notice when they walk into a home. I would highly suggest looking into having some new carpet added. Good luck and I hope you're able to figure everything out! http://www.kelwincoastalcarpets.com.au
Flag Thu Nov 13, 2014
Here is a great article from RealtyTimes that you can use as a bench market for adding value to your home.


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 22, 2014
Carpeting/flooring should be considered in the sale light as the walls of the home...thus, normal maintenance. While painting walls as cleaning or replacing carpets adds appeal and shows "pride of ownership" it's really not reasonable to think that it will add value.

Just keeping it real!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2014
In my professional opinion, carpet usually adds little to no value. Good carpet will help a home sell faster because it leads the potential buyer to believe that the home is well maintained. Bad carpet causes buyers to believe the opposite and, thereby, makes the property harder to sell. As for adding dollars to your bottom line, I wouldn't attribute much value.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 21, 2013
Really depends upon how badly, if at all, your 'old' carpet is hurting the value...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
Depending on the house and neighborhood a new carpet may be the difference between selling the house for top dollar or having to give a significant discount.

Shady carpet will certainly turn away potential buyers. And the ones still interested will probably use that to justify a lower offer amount.

1 - best option is usually to replace the carpet. This way you don't give an opportunity for potential buyers to use that to justify a low offer.

2 - second best option is to be upfront about the need to replace carpet and offer a carpet allowance. This option has two benefits - (1) you don't have to spend the money to replace the carpet; and (2) you can better control the discount. If you state you are giving a $3,000 carpet allowance, buyers will typically not ask for a huge discount because of the carpet.

I hope this helps.

PS: one last comment to consider - if your carpet is in fair condition but not great, consider leaving some furniture or staging the home. Nothing calls more attention to the carpet than a vacant home.

Good luck!

Jose Dias, REALTOR | (623) 418-5700 | Jose@MyFirstHouseAZ.com | http://www.MyFirstHouseAZ.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
Hi Mark Tyler, How much carpet?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
New carpet won't add value, but it can help the home sell faster, which can be of value. Buyers tend to overestimate how much things will cost to replace such as carpeting, which can lead to a low offer.
Margaret Moore
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
I wouldn't expect new carpet to add direct monetary value to a listing, but it does make a home much more marketable and desirable. This equals more money and less hassle for sellers in the long run. Good luck!

Ben Walter
Realty One Group
Scottsdale AZ
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
A new carpet definitely adds value to a room. It all depends on the condition quality and color of the carpet. It should go well with your interior as well as give that extra warmth.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
I tend to disagree that a new carpet will not add any value.it will add some value though not much.Buyers are easily convinced by renovations that they can see rather than invisible renovations like new insulation, better windows, or a foundation upgrade.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
I think the answer is tied to the question: how much is your old carpet hurting the value of your home?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Fresh, nice looking room/s will help seller/s when buyer/s (mainly wife) compare and choose; as far as actuall $$$, it will not add much, if any....

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013

Carpet and flooring are considered as part of the general maintenance of a home and thus aren't normally considered to add value to a property when sold. Fresh and well maintained flooring like many other aspects of a home add to the appeal of the home and enhance potential for sale but are not considered to add value to it.

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
I can tell you that not replacing the carpet will definitely lower the price. Buyers will look at old carpeting and over estimate the cost of replacing it. They also might wonder what else they have to do. You might see if a carpet place might agree to be paid at closing out of escrow.

Barbara McBain
Cambridge Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
An appraiser would be able to tell you the exact amount of the value that would be added to your home for installing new carpet.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
I disagree a bit with some of the others. If your carpet is worn and soiled I believe you are likely to get 100-150% of the cost for new standard carpet back in the immediate sale of your home. Clean, fresh and move-in ready are highly desired by buyers. Of course depending on the size, quality and location of your property the others options mentioned such as a neutral stone, tile or wood flooring may add more value to your home. A good agent should help you review your home's condition and staging for sale with you prior to listing. Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
If you are looking to get the most money from the sale of the home as you can, then you want it to be in model show condition. You will need to weigh out the cost of upgrades, such as carpet, and return on investment and the best way to determine what to do is to have your Realtor come and discuss the home's condition with you.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013

If the carpet is damaged or stained in a small area, it would always look best to have it replaced with a nice & neutral carpet. But I do agree with other comments that most buyers prefer wood or tile because of allergies as well as the look of quality it gives to the house.

Best of luck,

Shahla Mentha, ABR, e-Pro, REALTOR®
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Hi Mark,

Asyou have seen by now, it really doesn't add anything but if it is replacing old outdated carpet or covering an acid wash concrete eyesore, it would be very advisable to do. There are many other things to get your home ready for sale and get it more appealing to the potential buyer. Let me know if you have an interest in them.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
New carpet will not any value to the home, however it will make the home more attractive to potential buyers. That is provided that the color and style o the carpet is neutral. Upgrades like carpet and paint will help expedite a sale by making the home more appealing. A buyer may choose your home over another one because the new carpet is already installed and may appear cleaner than homes with older carpets. I wouldn't offer a credit to replace the carpet because the home won't show as well with the older carpet.

Please let me know if you need any other advice or tips on preparing your home for sale.


James Wehner
West USA Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Hi Mark,

We do a lot of rehabs in Scottsdale and we have even started putting Travertine floors in the bedrooms. It makes the rooms look and feel bigger and is far lower maintenance. The cost is not much more and when you get ready to sell you can advertise "Stone Floors", this is much like the difference between Granite counter tops and non laminate or laminate, it adds to your value as well as your marketability.

I have a couple contractors that can help you with pricing and options, feel free to contact me and I will get you their information.

Gene Hastings, Associate Broker
The Hastings Team
Home Smart International
Paradise Valley Branch
(480) 338-1397
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Monetary Value? Not very much. Carpets are one of the easiest changes that can be made in a house.

Comfort Value? Quite a bit. When buyers are looking at homes, new carpets and paint scream "Move-In Ready!" whether the buyer wants to keep the colors or not. The feeling that they can just move in and take their time to remodel is something that buyers are very attracted to.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Carpet doesn't really add value but it could help sell your house faster if it looks better than the old carpet. Depending on the person who is looking for a home. The majority of people out there just want to buy a home and not make many changes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
While new carpeting may not add much value to a home, it certainly will make the home show better and eliminate one more objection to to the saleability of the home. Of course the carpet needs to be a neutral color. Buyers want to visualize their ideas when viewing a home.

Some will say that buyers prefer to pictheirer own carpeting, but I disagree. If I walk into a home that has worn out carpet, marked up walls, scratched cabinets, missing fixtures, etc. in my mind it becomes a "fixer upper" and immediately says "lower the price".

While every situation is different, I believe a clean, updated, well maintained house will sell faster and for more money. Of course there is a limithowhaow much you should spend, but small things mean a lot.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Mark, new carpet doesnt really add value because that is something that buyers prefer to do themselves, not to mention that hard surfaces such as wood or travertine are preferred over carpeting. Carpet in the summers is not ideal.

Jeff Devorkin
i Go Urban Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
I am finding that more and more buyers because of allergies prefer hard surfaces like tile, hardwood and laminate to soft surfaces. Best bet is to offer a flooring allowance and let the Buyer decide what they want to do.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
To some Buyer's it may be a negative value:
Many buyers lately prefer Hardwood or Laminate flooring; in fact, most.
You would probably do better offering a $2500 allowance and letting them choose.

Talk to your Listing Agent.
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