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James Jakubo…, Home Seller in Menomonee Falls, WI

The carpet was removed. Is it better to replace it before selling?

Asked by James Jakubowski, Menomonee Falls, WI Sun Jul 14, 2013

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Hello James,

The floors need to be covered with something. Carpet less desirable these days.

Most buyer prefer wood flooring.

Much success on the sale of your home!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
Prudential California Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 17, 2013
Carpeting or floor covering does depend on which group of buyer you are trying to attract. If you have a home that needs many updates it your biggest source of interest will be thru investors and you can expecta lower sales price compared to similar but updated homes. If you are looking to attract turn key (move in ready) home buyers it will be worth the investment to install a neutral color carpeting to Marley type home to the best audience.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 30, 2014
If there is NO floor coverings then your buyers could have an issue with financing. Exposed subflooring is not acceptable on most appraisals. Your buyer then may be forced to have to get a renovation loan.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 17, 2013
It all depends. If you think you can read the mind of the next buyer and install the carpet they want. If not, you can offer a carpet allowance. It may run into a problem with certain types of financing. You can cross that bridge when you get to it. It is possible a lender will pass the carpet issue through under writing if funds are available to install it after closing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 14, 2013
If what is left exposed is standard sub-flooring the home would likely show much better with some sort of flooring in place.

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 14, 2013
James, is that you from the Falls class of 69?

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 14, 2013
Hi James,

It all depends...are there original hardwood floors under the carpet? If so, what is the condition of the floors? In which room was the carpet removed (ie: living room, rec room, bedrooms)? The reason I ask is that sometimes buyers prefer carpet in some rooms, but not every room.

The best advice is to have a local real estate agent come take a look at the house that is being prepared to sell. Every home is unique and every situation is unique...it's best to have someone come take a look and give you personalized advice rather than generic advice.

I work in the Men Falls area, and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to click on the blue "Contact Agent" link under my picture, or you can email/call me directly!

Have a great evening!

Kris Plechaty @ First Weber Group Realtors
email: kplechaty@firstweber.com
cell: 262-720-5157
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