Asked by Bill, Staten Island, NY • Sat Oct 12, 2013
I have had a large number of buyers viewing home. They are stuck on the carpet throughout the home. They keep making low ball offers claiming they are worried about what the condition of floor is under the carpet. Since there are very good hardwood floors below the carpet, I want to tear out the carpet & then increase the price due to the improvement. I haven't done it to date as the house is furnished & I like carpet under my feet. My agent thinks I should just wait for a buyer that likes carpet. I'm tired of hearing about the carpet being passe. It seems many people like the house but think they can bargain a price reduction on any item that is no longer in style. If I do the work I want to get a return that reflects a price with hardwood floors. What would be a fair increase for hardwood? My agent thinks it's counter productive to do anything & that an increase in price would turn prospective buyers away . I told agent I would see what others have to say first.
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