Is changing the carpet a good investment for selling a house?

Asked by Karen DiCamillo, Gaithersburg, MD Tue Jun 18, 2013

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Jonathan Lah…, Agent, Rockville, MD
Mon Apr 18, 2016
Hi Karen,

Yes changing a good and clean carpet can be a good points on selling your property, because every clients who will visit your place they would for sure love it .
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Nov 18, 2014
Changing the carpet could definitely be a good investment. If your carpet is damaged or dirty it would be an even better idea. I think looking into providing an allowance for the buyer to change the carpet to their own preference might be an even better idea. I would almost always suggest having the carpet changed along with a sale though.
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Jackson is right, it is definitely a good investment. It really depends on the current condition of the carpet though. If the carpet already looks nice, I wouldn't worry about it though. Just make sure that it is a very neutral color. That will help you to sell the house much easier.
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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Fri Oct 31, 2014
I think the better idea would to give a housing allowance for the new owner to install carpet. That way the new owner can have exactly what they want. We were fortunate to receive this when we bought our last house. It was definitely a big incentive to select that particular home.
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Having an allowance could be helpful to a potential buyer. Though depending on the condition of the carpet you could just get it cleaned. The difference between the before and after can be startling. Some carpets don't even look dirty until they get cleaned and you see the difference.
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Fri Oct 10, 2014
It all depends on the buyer. It also depends on what rooms you're going to be putting carpet in. Are you going to be replacing the carpet where there already is carpet? There are types of carpet that are more valuable than others. I would talk to a layer and ask his opinion and get some more ideas.
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whiskeyjenki…, , Silver Spring, MD
Mon Jul 21, 2014
It depends on the condition of the carpet. If it just needs to be cleaned then replacing it might cost more than what you can get out of it. Carpeting jobs can run pretty high in price.

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I agree, it really depends on the condition of the carpet. There are a lot of buyers who would prefer having brand new carpet in a house that they just moved into. You'll have to discuss this with your realtor.
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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Fri Jun 27, 2014
If your carpet is still in good condition then I would recommend just having it professionally cleaned. You don't need to completely rip it out and change it. You might consider changing it out if your carpet is a weird color that doesn't suit many people, though.Otherwise, just leave it in and let the new owner decide if they want to keep it or not.
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I was going to suggest the same thing. If your carpet isn't too old, then a good cleaning might be all the change you need. Otherwise you risk putting in a color or style that your buyers won't like. It's always safer to let them figure out the remodeling details themselves. |
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A. Kay McMah…, Agent, Wyandotte, MI
Thu Jun 12, 2014
Yes, definitely! Carpet, paint, declutter & deodorize! If hardwood floors are underneath the carpet, refinishing is also a great option if they are not in bad shape.
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Alex Saenger, Agent, Rockville, MD
Sun Oct 27, 2013
Yes, absolutely. And I work with contractors that will assist with financing, or defer a large portion of the cost to settlement so if you need help financing the upgrade to maximize your profit when selling, this is a great option.
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Gary Geer, Agent, Antioch, IL
Wed Jun 19, 2013
Changing carpet and any other cosmetic change will help your property show better to potential buyers. Another good tip is to remove any odors present in the property such as pet odors.
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Brian Maglia…, Agent, Rockville, MD
Wed Jun 19, 2013
Yes paint and carpet are always good investments for selling a home.
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The Roskelly…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Wed Jun 19, 2013
Hands down, YES changing any carpet that is not in good condition and matching carpet throughout the house to a light neutral beige is probably one of the best things you can do to prepare your home for the market. Your home will sell faster and likely for more money which means that the carpeting will likely pay for itself and then some.
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I think changing the carpet or just getting the carpet cleaned will really help you sell your house. People like to see good carpet when looking for a house. I don't thin you need to spend all that money on new carpet. I think you should be fine just by cleaning the carpet.
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Lucy Kessler, Agent, Gaithersburg, MD
Wed Jun 19, 2013

It could be, however, it would depend on how your home fits into the marketplace and other variables. I see that you might need some guidance. Number one recommendation - get the advice of a Real Estate professional who will guide you throughout the process. This Realtor would be delighted to advise you beginning to a successful conclusion.

Lucy Kessler, Associate Broker RE/MAX Realty Group
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Wed Jun 19, 2013
I especially like Greg's insight. The very presence of the question suggests you know the answer.
If the existing floor covering distracts from the home in any way..."it's got to go."
Ironicly, even brand new carpets are often ripped up by the new owner. These new owners simply don't want to live with another persons dust and dirt. This means you should avoid expensive carpet and select the best padding.
As others have noted, it is not a ROI situation, but is a presentation necessity.
Failure to do what is obvious will ultimately cost you DOUBLE in the negotiation process.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Jun 19, 2013
Hi Karen,

Cleaning, replacing, or maintaining flooring is one of the major considerations for home sellers. A bad floor whether it's carpet, tile, hardwood, etc. is one of the first things noticed by potential buyers and can be a deal killer.

Some sellers address this and other similar issues by offering an "allowance" for the buyer to have this work done. This approach does give the buyer the option to make the upgrades to their taste but it still doesn't negate the impact of the buyer being greeted by a shabby floor when they first enter the home.

Good luck,

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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Wed Jun 19, 2013
If your carpet is dirty or stained instead of worn, you may look into the services of a carpet cleaning firm, especially if the stains are dark.

Think also, what is popular in your area for homes of your size and quality? If carpets are the norm (they are not everywhere), that's one thing; if wood floors or laminate are more popular, then you may want to focus your thinking in that direction. Also are the buyers for your home going to be fussy Generally high end buyers are significantly more fussy than others. Low-end buyers are the least fussy.

We don't want to see you spend money needlessly, nor do we want to see you have to take a discount when by spending some, you might have received more.
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Greg Myers, Agent, Gaitherburg, MD
Wed Jun 19, 2013
Hi Karen,

Just by the nature of you asking your carpet replacement question your carpets should be replaced. Having new carpets in your home will make your home more desirable to potential buyers and hopefully the buyers will "Compete" against each other offering more money for your home and possibly re-cupping your investment in re-carpeting your home.

My other concern for you is if you feel your carpets need replacing how is your wall paint, doing both is highly recommended. You do not want to show potential buyers your home has been lived "on the rough".

I DO NOT believe in "Carpet Allowance". Lenders do not want to see carpet allowances on home sale contracts. The preferred method is offering a carpet allowance as a closing cost credit, especially on FHA, VA loans.

Greg Myers
RE/MAX Realty Group
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Robert McArt…, Agent, Fallston, MD
Tue Jun 18, 2013
As a listing agent, I will suggest several options to my Sellers if the carpets need to be replaced. One option that seems to work is offering a "Decorating or Carpet Allowance" to the buyer so they can pick out the carpet color and design that THEY choose and not necessarily what the Seller's had in mind. Yes, in the long run, if most of your home has carpet coverings that are old, it is a good investment to offer options for the Buyers.
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Marcus Neces…, Agent, Bentonville, AR
Tue Jun 18, 2013
As Andrea stated below, it depends. Your market may call for homes with mostly tiled floors or wood floors, etc. Either way, this type of repair is more about presenting your home in its best light. It won't be the type of expense you will knowingly recoup the money on, however, if you do it right, you will increase traffic to your home which will translate to better offers! Good luck!
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Andrea Bedard, Agent, Silver Spring, MD
Tue Jun 18, 2013
Hi Karen, upgrading to wood floors would be the best investment but if that is not an option than replacing the carpet is a close 2nd. It really depends on the carpet though ... is it stained and soiled? A different color in every room? 30 years old? If the answer is yes, then it's a good investment.

A well presented house will always tell the buyer that this home was loved and maintained!

This really is a great question! My advice: when in doubt, always put yourself in the buyer's shoes! What would your impression be?

Warm Regards.
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