Best to you and your family.
Honey Brooks Realtor
SF Homes of Distinction
International Luxury Property Specialist
S.R.E.S ( Senior Real Estate Specialist)
W.C.R. (SF former President, Women's Council of Realtors)
"Your Personal Business is My Confidentiality"
The best way to get the most money for your house is to have it show in its best possible light. If the old carpet is bad, replacing it will help a lot. If you can afford both mortgages, moving out is great but you should also stage the property. One of the things I've learned in my many years in the business is that most people don't have a lot of imagination when it comes to these things.
Consult with your agent/broker about what else you might do to help show at its best.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
Removing the furnishings can expose otherwise invisible flaws in a home. Planning on painting or touching up the paint as well as repkacing warn or soiled carpeting can improve your home's appeal and generate a higher selling price.
The key is to not go overboard but make the home "shine" so people can appreciate what it truly has to offer.
I would do everything possible within reason prior to listing your home. If needed, replace the carpeting, paint, stage , de-clutter and do your best to have your home stand out. It will pay you dividends and help you to sell your home quicker!