Marty Easter, Both Buyer and Seller in Colorado Springs, CO

When should I replace my carpet?

Asked by Marty Easter, Colorado Springs, CO Wed Aug 1, 2007

I purchased my house from a builder and have lived there just less than 4 years. The house is a 3Bdr/2.5bath in Stetson Hills. I now need to sell due to a work move. What are some guidelines for replacing the carpet? The carpet was an upgrade and is not in bad shape, but it shows wear and tear from a family of four. One section of stairs that isn’t as bright as the rest of the carpet and there is a wrinkle in another spot. I know I can have the wrinkle stretched out, but I don’t know if professional cleaning would make the stairs look newer. The issues are what’s the return on my investment and impacts on how long it takes to sell the house. Should I repair or replace

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You said it yourself: "you need to sell" - take every action required to do so - and as they say - more bang for your buck - change the carpet! It will pay off 10 fold
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 5, 2007
Replacing the carpet makes your house show better than worn, dirty carpet with a carpet allowance. Your agent probably knows carpet installers who can do the job for less than a retail contractor, and I bet it'll pay off.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
I'd get an outside opinion, such as a prospective Realtor, to advise you on the carpet. And, I agree with Patrick, would you accept it? Colorado Springs is a buyers market and right now you don't want to give potential buyers any reason not to buy. Although, carpet allowances are great, the competition here is overwhelming and buyers can get 'turn key' homes and not have to mess with carpet. Do it before you put it on the market. Do not put upgraded carpet in your home, unless the price point of the house justifies it. Again, ask your Realtor about that. No, you probably won't recoup your money, that is why I say don't put upgraded carpet in, but new carpet will make your house more appealing versus the competition and the new carpet might help it to sell faster.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
You have been given some good advice that I fully agree with. Don't give your buyer any excuse to lower the price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 17, 2014
You have been given some good advice that I fully agree with. Don't give your buyer any excuse to lower the price.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 17, 2014
Carpets can last a lot longer than people think they can. You just have to know how to take care of them. A carpet that is cleaned every year can last nearly twice as long as carpet that is never taken care of at all. A carpet cleaning would make your stairs look newer, thus saving you the expense of re-carpeting the stairs. http://www.naturalcarpetcleaning.ca/en/carpets.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 14, 2014
I will have to politely and respectfully disagree with my cohorts. If the carpet doesn't look too bad I'd just clean it and offer a replacement allowance. Most buyers expect to see some wear and tear on those types of items and would much prefer to make their own choice anyway. Additionally, what if they wanted wood or tile floors? Just sayin.........
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 14, 2014
That makes sense to me as well. If the carpet's just dirty, you can save a lot of money by having it cleaned rather than replacing it. If you replace it, your buyers may end up ripping it out for hardwood or tile. A good cleaning is a much safer (and cheaper) option.
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Flag Thu Oct 23, 2014
If carpet is worn and over seven years old, it would really be cost effective to replace. You will attract more buyers and offers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 14, 2014
Wall to wall carpet is less common in our neck of the woods. Hardwoods and tile seem to be the preference of more of our buyers. Take a look into your own area and see what the most common preferences are of your typical buyers. If it is carpeting, then having good clean new carpeting will make a difference in selling.

The return on investment may be the fact that secure a contract while your competition around the corner does not. If replacing carpet is not an option, try steam cleaning it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 5, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Replace, Replace, Replace!! Stage, Stage,Stage, Declutter, Declutter, Declutter!! 'Nuff Said-No really, in our area where inventory is exploding, unless your property "Stands out" you'll be one of many also rans. Also, don't forget, DON'T RAISE YOUR PRICE TO RECAP THE COST!! You need to SET a new price in the neighborhood and let them come to you!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
Hi Marty! The 4-year mark is generally a good time to replace carpet - especially if kids and animals have been living there. We hava a family of 4, and our upgraded, new carpet needs replacing, and it has only been 2 years.
We have sold many, many homes in Stetson Hills and only the ones that show the nicest are getting the offers. In fact, the best priced, cleanest homes are getting multiple offers!
For selling reasons, you want your home to show the best possible, and new paint and carpet is the BEST and CHEAPEST way to make your home shine. You don't need anything fancy, just nice.

Good luck with selling your home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 31, 2007
We have a family of four too so no matter what you do it is hard to prevent wear and (moderate) tear. Something else you should consider Marty is that new carpet is not only great from a visual standpoint, but the neutralizing smell of new carpet is a powerful thing along with new paint (if it is deemed necessary to replace or clean up).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2007
Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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Marty,
I agree with the answers that say replace the carpet. It is a great return on your investment, will help the house sell quicker and at a better price. If you can still find the same carpet, you may want to consider replacing the worst areas....if money is an issue. Hope you have tood luck! Carrie
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 2, 2007
If you are questioning replacement it needs it. You can do it with the cheapest carpet. There are companies around that will do it and let you pay for it at closing. In my market (and I'll guess it's no different in El Paso) the houses that look fresh and crisp sell the quickest. If it is even the least bit dated or warn then it takes a while or significant price discount. When you replace it, just pick very plain neutral color. Usually the builder white works well. No blues...reds...browns...etc.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
Bruce Lynn, Real Estate Pro in Coppell, TX
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Hi Marty,

As a general rule of thumb, I advocate replacement. With all of the remodeling, flipping etc in recent years, I have still yet to see a better dollar to dollar return than carpet and paint. It makes every room look new, and the cost is peanuts compared to other upgrading expenses. In years past, I have had success selling non-moving listings by replacing the carpet, painting, and actually raising the price. I would not recommend hiking the price in today's ultra competitive environment, however. Be content with a faster sale that is closer to your asking price. Good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
Marty - as there is stiff competition in your market in Stetson Hills for qualified buyers; if you have the means replace the carpet. You can do a quick fix by cleaning and stretching, but as homes tend to stay on the market longer, replacing the carpet will help show your property in a much better light and stand out amongst the other sellers in the neighborhood. By cleaning the carpet it is very temporary and it will continue to show four years of wear and it may affect what the buyer is willing to pay for your home. And as you know today's buyers in Stetson Hills have lots of choices to see and buy. Best of Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
I don't know if I agree. Even if the market is saturated, it still might not be necessary to replace the carpets. It's only four years old, which isn't bad for a carpet. Try having it cleaned and get that wrinkle repaired, and spend the rest of the money on something that will raise your value more. | http://www.carpetcleanertacoma.com
Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015
Hi Marty,

Good questions but as you can see not simple to answer. How is your local market? Is the builder still building in your neighborhood? If you were to buy your home would you accept the carpet as is and would you expect to reduce the price of your offer because of the carpet? If your builder si still in the neighborhood and your market is saturated I would replace the carpet.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
Do you have pets? Have you over steamed? Is it matted? Would you prefer to give a carpet allowance? You don't have to replace - if it's clean and basically sanitary.

If you have had pets or there are stains - be prepared to have a buyer ask for a credit at the very least; and if it is in bad shape, be prepared for a potential buyer to walk in - and walk out.

Remember, when selling your home - it's not YOUR perception of the situation that is important - but the buyer walking over your threshold. If they percieve the carpet to be old, stained, or worse - unsanitary - they may not give your home a second look.

No matter what the age of the carpet or it's original state : 4 years of family life can take a toll and buyers know the difference.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 1, 2007
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