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Kerri, Home Seller in Odenton, MD

New carpet before or after Listing?

Asked by Kerri, Odenton, MD Fri Aug 15, 2008

I have the opperturnity to offer my buyers a "selections board" of carpet and have it installed before settlement or I can replace it for the same price beofre I list.

The carpet is about 8 yrs old and it the big "need" in the house. The rest of the house has been upgraded in the last 2 years (kitchen/baths)

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I would recommend replacing before listing, although I think your option of having them choose the carpet is a creative alternative. What doesn't work is giving buyers an "allowance" for carpet replacement. Most want a house that is move in ready and do not want to be bothered with having to replace it after settlement. You do need to consider how the house shows with the present carpet. First impressions of your home are critical, so if the carpet is a real turn off for potential buyers change it now.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 16, 2008
I agree that installing new carpeting before you start showing your home would be a very wise choice. The instant appeal of your home would skyrocket. If anything, replace the carpet on one floor, or in areas that badly need it. Anyway, you could easily up your asking price if your house looks good enough with the brand new carpeting.
Flag Wed Jan 28, 2015
Absolutely, replace it before. The carpet is one of the biggest first impressions of a home and how it looks will reflect how the home as a whole has been maintained. Just be sure to stay with a neutral color. By the way, when you list it would be a good idea to have your agent ask all buyers to remove their shoes prior to entry. Best of luck.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 16, 2009
I would do it first. alot of people can't see past what is there.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 17, 2008
There's a serious lack of imagination, out there, and buyers have difficulty seeing past dirty old carpet.

If you can manage to have it deep cleaned, and bring it back to a "good looking" carpet, then I'd do that, and offer the 'replacement' with a selections board. But it doesn't sound, from your description, like you can do that.

So, rather than offering a selections board, just bite the bullet and replace the carpeting with something neutral (not too light, because the showing traffic will damage it, and not too dark) that won't show too much dirt.

A clean line, low profile berber would be good (or whatever is currently popular in your region). It should be quality carpeting, and professionally installed. While there's a temptation here to "cheap out"... resist that temptation, people can tell quality, and poor installation, and that will only hurt your ability to sell.

Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 16, 2008
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
If I were you I would just have the carpet in the house cleaned before listing to make it look nice and get rid of any odors.It might seem like a good idea to have brand new carpet ,but so people are very funny to carpet.they will rid out anything that has beeen lived out and some people have children that have all these crazy allergies and will rip out carpet anyway.Giving the buyers a choice of carpet is a good idea if your carpet is worn out but it is better to let them choose.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 15, 2008
Without a doubt, 110% confident, do it before you list the home!!!! First impressions are the most important thing. Buyers have problems picturing what they can't see.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 15, 2008

Show the buyers that the property is in the best condition possible.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 26, 2011

It almost always makes sense to replace the carpet before you list your house. The only time I would recommend doing it later would be if you have pets or small children who you think may damage the carpet during the time the house is on the market. If that is the case, I would advise getting a written estimate and offering a carpet allowance for what the new carpet would cost. Then if the Buyers want to upgrade, chose their own colors, etc. that is up to them to do.

One side note is that if you are offering a carpet allowance and photos of the house do not show the carpet to appear stained, worn, or some outrageous color, then I would not put "carpet allowance" all over the public listings as it may make potential Buyers feel it is in really bad shape before they even arrive. It is something that can be shared in the Realtor remarks as well as your property marketing brochure that your Realtor should prepare for your home.

Hope this helps a little. Please feel free to let me know if you would like the recommendation for a good carpet contractor in the area as well.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 24, 2011
I would replace it with a neutral color before the listing as it will make a better impression when showing the property. However, some buyers might appreciate the opportunity to pick their own colors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 24, 2010
REPLACE the carpet, seeing is believing, it's all about that first impression. You can replace it with a neutral color a lot cheaper than what the buyer wants to have put in.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 24, 2010
Hi Kerri
From a buyers perspective, as long as I see the home well kept and the carpet is clean- I would go for a "carpet allowance" or have it installed before settlement.

But if it has too many stains and dirty, it will not show very well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 19, 2008
I find the better the home is presented and staged the faster you'll have an offer. Buyer's will see the carpet and many will not be able to get past the "it needs replacing" attidude. If you do decide to replace it go with carpet that is similar to what is there now. NO huge upgrades, you won't recoup your $$. This market is demanding. If you would like a free check list for listing your property email me and I'll send you a PDF file.
Good luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 19, 2008
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