A sellers' secret: yes, you really do need new carpet.
If you want to sell your house for a better price, then replace your old, worn out carpet. Sure you could clean instead of replace it. However take it from a broker, when your house is staged and looking pristine, the tracks created over years of foot traffic will stick out like a sore thumb. It's a greater benefit for you to show your house in its best light than to provide buyers an allowance to replace it themselves.
7 tips for carpet buyers
(courtesy of the Denver Post)
- Conquer your resistance. The benefits definitely outweigh the inconvenience of replacing your carpet. Besides nobody wants to move in onto your old carpet.
- Don't rush your selection. Do not wing it by quickly picking a color. Bring several swatches home to see which color or style looks best.
- Stay neutral. Play safe. Pick a light, neutral color that goes with your walls.
- Expect to pay for furniture moving. On top of the cost of carpet, pad and installation, furniture moving will cost you extra.
- There's no need for top of the line. Brand new lower-end carpet looks almost as fabulous as high-end carpet.
- Get what's in stock. Look for the less expensive lines (sometimes called builder grade). They are immediately available, which makes the project easier.
- Brace yourself for the brief upheaval. But remember that it's all worth it.
The fewer points a buyer can make against the price of your house, the more likely you'll get the best return on your investment!
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