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Question DetailsAsked on 3/21/2014

Preparing to sell, what should we spend on new carpeting.

We bought our house in 2007, so we will likely only break even if we are lucky. We are going to put new carpeting in, but we do not want to spend too much. Is commercial grade okay? That was in the house when we bought it, we replaced it and now we want to put new in to attract buyers. We will be putting in a neutral/beige color. The last house we sold we had repainted and recarpeted, then the new buyers redid it all again. I can not see wasting money when we are hoping to even break even. Any advice from realtors or others would be appreciated. We are talking about 2000 sq ft of carpeted rooms. The rest of the house is hardwood which we are refinishing on most of the main level. The house has other perks like granite countertops and walk in closets in each bedroom. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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If you desire to attempt to save Dollars, offer the buyer a Discount , a % OFF the settling price to accomodate New carpet installation . Typically the carpet is replaced and floors REfinished , to present the house you are selling at the best possible appearance , not showing the wear of your stay there.

Think about IT , which house would you rather BUY ?

A home with New Flooring , or one where you see every scratche and stain left by the former Owners ?

Discount the sell price ,DO NOT Refinish the Floors at all and Sell AS IS , or refinish and install NEW CHEAP CARPET !

Answered 5 years ago by BentheBuilder


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Answered 5 years ago by Member Services


I am assuming here your house is "normal" condition - not being totally spruced up as a multi milion $ show home going for the elite only, where they expect like-new move-in-ready condition. IF that is the case, then whole different story.

My recommendtion - unless hardwood floors are visibly gouged, at most have overcoat refinished, not sanded and totally refinished - else just polished and waxed.

Tile/stone flooring - regrout loose tiles, replace obviously broken ones, maybe wire brush and overcoat grout joints if really bad - cheaper yet, after floor cleaning, stain it darker and seal it.

Carpet - replace only badly stained/worn carpet (commonly just entry/main hall), just clean the rest. Cleaning will do wonders on all but worst carpet. Ballparkk cost for replacement with contractor grade carpet - $3-5/SF including tearout and disposal of of old carpet.

I agree with giving a credit for flooring/painting rather than redoing unless the appearance (after cleaning/waxing) is really objectionable. I have seen SOOOO many houses with brand new flooring installed for sale just ripped up by the new owners, and instead of giving credit in their price for the new flooring, they decreased their offer to compensate for the cost of the new flooring they wanted to put in.

Your best input on this is probably your Realtor.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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