There are other factors to consider here as well such as the ones I touched on. A good agent will try and ask you questions as well as answer any of the ones you have.
Select flooring that is reasonably priced (check sale racks at your local store) and neutral. The kitchen is one of the biggest selling points in a home, so you want it to look its best.
If two Realtors you interviewed both had concerns, then you will get that feedback from others.
If you don't want to change it, lay out the best bid and leave it by the brochures left in the house for buyers to see, you are willing to do this.
As a custom home builder and a REALTOR I have seen a lot of requests for different types of flooring. I can tell you that 95 % of homes that I have built or sold, the customers select a neutral tile for the kitchen. The second choice is floor that has a wood appearance, either real hardwood or a laminate floor. Then we have vinyl and last is carpet. If you would like to send me some pictures of your kitchen I would be happy to give you my honest opinion of what I think would be most desirable for your home. There are some really affordable tiles at home depot these days since the new home construction has slowed. I can give you pointers on how to do it yourself and help you save a lot of money if you would like.You can email the pictures to me at mike@MrOakleaf.com and I will let you know right away! Have a great day!
p.s I am from Michigan originally so I know where you are coming from on the cold tile in the winter....BRRR..
First, trust the agent who said to remove it. As noted below, the other agent was trying to figure out whether you'd need to replace the carpet, or whether there was something usable underneath.
Carpet is a real negative in kitchens. How do you ever manage to keep carpet in a kitchen clean. It's not only things that spill on it, but mists of grease and cooking fumes. You need a hard surface floor in a kitchen. That can be vinyl (some looks very attractive and isn't expensive), tile, or even wood. Unless your home is significantly up-scale, consider a good quality of vinyl.
And I respectfully disagree wtih Gary's advice to get estimates, then escrow the amount. From a home staging perspective, people have difficulty envisioning things that they can't see. Plus, they won't want to go through the hassle of putting in a new floor. They want a home in move-in condition.
Go to some flooring stores. Ask for suggestions there. Explain your situation: You want something comparatively inexpensive, but that'll make a great impression on potential buyers.Before you make a final decision, have your agent take a look at a sample to get his/her feedback.
But, yes, replace the carpet.
Their are a few things you can do, 1. In the remarks section of the listing offer a credit for the kitchen floor.
2. Show the house the way it is and you might find someone who either likes it or could replace it later. 3. replace it if it will sell your house faster( If your looking for a quick settlement)
First, I always recommend speaking to at least 3 agents and comparing their marketing plans. I also suggest looking at all the active homes in each CMA. By this, you should physically view your competition with each agent. That's the only way to see if you should remove the carpet or offer to escrow XX dollars towards replacement.
If you're selling your home for a profit, not bringing money to the table, then the escrowed funds would be from the buyers money.
At the very least, you should consider getting 3 estimates for replacement. That costs nothing and can be left for potential buyers to see their cost.
Yes, carpet in a kitchen is a negative, but it really should not kill a sale from someone who otherwise loves your home.
Without seeing it is hard to say.
What is underneath?