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"Should We Replace the Carpet When We List Our House?"

Ruined Carpet

This is a question I've faced many times in my career. Sometimes, the answer is a simple, "No, it really looks fine to me. I wouldn't bother." Other times, it's rather obvious that the carpet is in need of replacement before we can list the house. Maybe it's just really worn, with traffic patterns throughout, or maybe it looks like someone changed their oil in the living room.

Regardless of whether it's advisable to replace the carpet, here are a couple of pointers to keep in mind:

If you decide to replace carpet with different carpet, be very careful to select something neutral enough that it won't turn off potential buyers. I showed a house once with what appeared to be brand-new PURPLE carpet. It's hard to imagine this, but it actually looked okay with the seller's stuff. However, purple carpet doesn't have a broad market. Stick with something light (think tan colors).

If you go with carpet, get something high-grade and go ahead and upgrade the pad. The pad can make a noticeable difference when people are walking around the house.

Some people who have bad allergies want nothing to do with carpet, so you might really be better off going with hardwood flooring, or with a nice tile. PLEASE note that I said "nice" tile. Cheap tile can make the entire house look cheap, I promise you. Go with the larger tile, preferably laid at an angle. It looks way nicer.

Regardless of which type of flooring you decide on, I would strongly advise you to get it done professionally. I've shown hundreds of homes, and it's always easy to tell when someone attempted to do a "homemade" floor installation. I have had clients who are capable of doing this in a seamless way, but it's rare It might cost you a few extra bucks, but it will make a huge difference when you're looking to sell.

Flooring is not a good place to cut corners, since it's one of the main things that your potential buyers will focus on when they're looking at your home.

I hope this is helpful. If you're considering selling your home in the Austin area, please feel free to call or email me anytime. I would love the chance to help.  

You can visit our website at http://www.austintexashomes.com to learn more about us, or to search the Austin MLS and set up automated home searches. 

Thanks for reading!

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If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 7 commentsJason Crouch • January 07 2014 08:45AM

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Jason:

Great post and good information. Hope you have a wonderful week. 

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 3 years ago

Hey Jason - nicely written post on what seller's can do to help themselves attract and keep buyers interested versus frightening them away with in appropriate colors. 

Posted by Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus! (Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors) over 3 years ago

Jason Very good information ..This is something that can bring you more money for your home as well as fresh coat of paint

Have a great day !

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 3 years ago

A professional commercial carpet cleaner is much cheaper and can usually get the carpet looking like new. Let the next owner decide on what flooring they would prefer I would suggest.... unless it is so so out of date and ugly.....

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 3 years ago

David - There are certainly times when cleaning the carpet will suffice, but what i see more often is people who want to  simply clean it when it's too far gone.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jason- good tips.  If it too far gone or far out, then it's better to replace it.  If not, buyers walk around with a calculator in their head adding up how much it's going to cost them to replace it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

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