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Cheri, Home Buyer in Missouri

I'm just starting to get my house ready to sell. My carpet in the living room is pretty bad. I was looking

Asked by Cheri, Missouri Tue Jun 2, 2009

into replacing with hardwood floors. Good idea? or should I leave it and let the buyer decide what to do?

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no one wants to buy a home with worn out carpeting unless they are getting a wonderful price that will allow them to do whatever they want for flooring later and still make them feel like they are getting a bargain. Unless that's the position you want to be in, I would definatly suggest that you put in new flooring.

Hardwood floors sell a home faster, and are seen as preferable to carpeting by buyers. If for some reason you can't do carpeting, do a very neutral carpeting, that is a medium grade with a good pad.

As noted by the other agents, there are several companies in the area that will put in new flooring for you and allow you to pay at closing (provided that the closing isn't too far out).

Flooring is only one piece of the package though, if the rest of the house doesn't support the flooring, the home won't show well and won't sell. You need to seriously look at the entire home and make sure that it looks like it is freshly painted, sparkling clean, de-personalized, staged (with your own items or a staging companies) and that all the minor little things are taken care of. As agents we specialize in going through your home with you to help you identify the things that need to be done once you have listed with us so that you can get your home sold as quickly as possible for the best terms. We're all here to help. Give one of us a call today and let us put our espertise to work for you.
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Buyers do love hardwood floors and would probably have a difficult time looking past worn carpet. The hardwood flooring may help your home sell faster and for more in today's buyer's market. If the cost of wood flooring is too expensive, why not try new carpet? I have numbers for several companies who will let you hold payment for 6 months or so while your home sells and then you just pay them at closing. I would also be glad to check out your home prior to you putting it on the market to give you advice on staging it in the most appealing ways to buyers, or if there is anything else that may send up red flags to potential buyers. You can check testimonials from past clients and contact me through the email link on my web site. I look forward to helping you realize a successful, smooth, satisfying sale of your home.
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Buyers love upgrades like hardwood flooring. It's a great way to make your home stand out in the competition. If you decide that installing hardwood is to expensive, I would replace the carpet. Most buyers have a hard time imagining what the home would look like with new carpet.

One of the BEST investments when getting your home ready to sell is fresh paint.

I would be happy to stop by and give you ideas on what would give you the most bang for your buck. I'll also give you ideas on how to stage the home so it appeals to the largest number of buyers. I provide this service free of charge or future obligation.

Ron Jones with Jonesy's Painting and Repair does just about everything you need to get a home ready to sell. His number is 314 607-8221. They do quality work at reasonable pricing.

Michelle Rottach
636 219-5136
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Hardwood flooring is a great option. No one wants to move into a home with worn out flooring.
If you can do carpet for less cost it still would be new and clean and help sell the home.
My experienced vote would be YES and make sure you get them in your new home so don't feel like the new buyer is the only one who got to enjoy new hardwoods.
Thank you for the question.
Cheryl Coop Cooper
The Coop Team
Prudential Select Properties
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I would either get it cleaned or replace it.
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