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Lynda Kay, Home Owner in Lubbock, TX

We are in the process of moving, so the house is a mess. Should we move out and replace the carpet before listing the house?

Asked by Lynda Kay, Lubbock, TX Thu Feb 10, 2011

We can afford to pay both mortgages for a few months, and thought the house might show better empty than cluttered. We also have cats inside.

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Hi Lynda, In staging we have an expression " We don't Sell as we Live". Since you can afford to move and leave your home as a blank canvas to start, that is the best option for a quicker sale. Many people are allergic to cats, ( you will need to disclose that there have been cats in the house) It would be wise to seek professional help in what you can do to get the "cat" allergens out of the house. A fresh coat of paint in what we call "Realtor Beige" is most favorable. What is under the carpet? If there are hardwood floors it would be most advisable to expose and treat the wood as people are preferring wood over carpet. If the person that wants to buy your home would like carpet instead, they can pick the color and quality they want and cover the wood. Save your money on the carpet if there is wood. If not, then choose a matching "Realtor Beige" color carpet it is most advisable. Neutral works the best. Ask your Realtor for recommendations for a Stager or go to A.S.P. website to find local accredited staging professionals.
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The best way to get the most money for your house is to have it show in its best possible light. If the old carpet is bad, replacing it will help a lot. If you can afford both mortgages, moving out is great but you should also stage the property. One of the things I've learned in my many years in the business is that most people don't have a lot of imagination when it comes to these things.

Consult with your agent/broker about what else you might do to help show at its best.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
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Discuss this with your Real Estate agent. Your agent will make recommendations to stage your home so that it looks its best and sells fast!
Good Luck....
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Removing the furnishings can expose otherwise invisible flaws in a home. Planning on painting or touching up the paint as well as repkacing warn or soiled carpeting can improve your home's appeal and generate a higher selling price.

The key is to not go overboard but make the home "shine" so people can appreciate what it truly has to offer.

Good luck,

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Dear Lynda,
I would do everything possible within reason prior to listing your home. If needed, replace the carpeting, paint, stage , de-clutter and do your best to have your home stand out. It will pay you dividends and help you to sell your home quicker!
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You dont necessarily need to move out of the house, but at least clean the house and if necessary replace the carpets. Some people like myself like to see a house that is up for sale that is being lived in so you know better as to what your going to get. You can sort of get a feel for the place and how things fit in better when a house is lived in rather than when a house is emply. I personally would buy a lived in house than an emply one. If you would rather move out, then place some furnature in the house to give potential home buyers somewhat of a feel for the house better. A house with some furnature is always better than a completely empty house. An empty house sometimes means the same as a deserted house. But that is just my view of it.
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Dear Lynda,
Yes, I would say to remove old carpeting and replace it. If you can paint the interior that will also help improve the way your home shows to potential buyers.
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