When do you need to remove your carpet to expose your hardwood floor?

Asked by Michel, 06850 Wed Feb 13, 2013

Carpet has been there for 10-15 years, few years before we buy. Agent recommend to remove so buyer don't get worry.

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Yanoska Diaz, Agent, Miami, FL
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Carpets are a thing of the past, ideally you should remove them. Hopefully the hard wood floors have stood the test of time and you can successfully refinish them. If your budget is tight there are products in today's market that will miraculously brighten up the floors. I had a client a few weeks ago that bought a product called Rejuvenate, I couldn't believe the change on the floors!
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Christi Farr…, Agent, Wilton, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Michael,

Yes, removing the carpeting is an excellent idea. Buyers like hardwood floors and are not fond of carpeting, especially older carpet. If your floors are in pretty good condition, I feel as though it would be a great investment to remove the carpet, possibly have a light sanding and wood coating to protect them and bring out the shine. Also, wood floors do make the rooms look larger and more inviting.

I wish you the best of luck.,
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Older carpet can be a bit of a turn off. Smells and dirty things can get trapped in and never really go away. Having a freshly refinished hardwood floor is an eye catcher that can up the appeal.
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Susan & Steve…, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Dear Michel,
I would agree with the agent. Hardwood floors are very popular and it will make the rooms and hallways look larger. Carpet in the bedroom is ok as long as it is not worn or soiled. If it is pull it up. All it does is date your house...and makes the buyer wonder if things have been taken care of in the rest of the house.

Good Luck

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Mark Namm, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
My advice is to absolutely remove old carpeting. Buyer's love hardwood floors today and telling them in the listing remarks that there are hardwood floors is not the same as letting them actually see it for themselves when they enter your home. A handyman can usually remove the carpeting, padding, and tacking fairly inexpensively. Deciding wheather to refinish hardwood floors is best decided with your agent after you see what it looks like. Newly refinished floors will look better, but you may not get back the money you put into it in the sale. Therefore it may make more sense to just let buyer's see that there is hardwood flooring and let these buyers refinish the floors themselves after the purchase.
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Catherine Mi…, Agent, Norwalk, CA
Wed Feb 13, 2013
You should remove the carpets before the house goes on the market especially if they are 10/15 years old. buyers love to see hardwood floors especially in the living area. They seem to be more acceptable if the carperting is in the bedrooms and they are in good congitions..
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Jane Walters, Agent, Norwalk, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Michel,
If the hardwood is in good shape, I recommend you rip it up before you put your property on the market. If that's too labor intensive for you, at least rip up the carpet in one of the main living areas. Hope this is helpful!
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Brian Takiff, Agent, Glastonbury, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
I'm a Realtor and Hardwood Flooring Specialist. Your agent is generally correct, but there's no way of knowing the condition of the floor underneath until you rip out the carpet. The floor may be in excellent shape or may need refinishing. Another consideration is whether you or the previous owner have or had pets. Feel free to shoot me an email or call and I can give you a general idea of what to expect.
Good luck
Brian Takiff
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Stephan von…, Agent, Darien, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hi Michel -
Most buyers today prefer wood flooring over wall-to-wall carpeting. You will need to remove the old carpets, likely require some wood floor cleaning or polishing (and if there in bad condition, you may also have to refinish the floors) before you put your property on the market. As you will need to remove all your furniture from the room(s) anyway, take advantage of this work and de-clutter or remove most of the excess furniture and stuff in the room(s) too! This will help make the space look as large as possible - always a good thing for buyers! A clean, bright, tidy space with minimal furniture and fixtures always sells better! Let me know if you need any help!
Cheers -
Stephan von Jena
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
147 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, CT 06853
1057 Boston Post Rd., Darien, CT 06820
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Linda A. Cap…, Agent, East Norwalk, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Trust your agent. You must have felt confident enough to list with him/her and did your homework before signing on...so, trust your agent and if their requests seem reasonable and not too costly, listen to their suggestions.
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Jeff and Kaye…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hardwood floors are a great selling feature. If you are lucky enough to have them under the carpet it is probably a great idea to pull up the carpet and refinish the floors. It sounds like your carpet is probably in need ot replacement anyways to you are better off doing the floors than either lowering the price of your home based on the current carpet or replacing it.
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Laura Feghali, Agent, Stamford, CT
Wed Feb 13, 2013
Hello Michael,
If your carpet is looking very worn and stained it might be helpful to have it removed and have the hardwood floors refinished. It will make the interior of the home more attractive to buyers and they won't discount their offer price because of old carpeting that needs replacing.

Best wishes!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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