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Question DetailsAsked on 8/20/2013

how much will it cost to remove 800 sq ft of carpet and replace it prior to home sale?

carpet is 16 years old and has burn marks. Want to replace for sale

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To pull up and dispose of the carpet would be $4 a sq yard (not foot) which works out to be $356. This is including gas and dump charges. To install the carpet $7 a sq yard (again, not foot) would be $623. Carpet would be extra depending on the quality and where it was purchased. Also consider the cost of pad which, again, would depend on thickness and type. This is for a wood floor not cement. There would be an extra charge for cement floors.

Answered 6 years ago by patsnyder


Look in the recent questions and responses in Home > Carpet (link right below your question) and you will find a number of questions and answers on this issue.

I would talk to your Realtor first - assuming the carpet does not otherwise look real ratty, they commonly recommend doing two things in this case

1) having (or doing it yourself with carpet tape) the burns cut out and patched with small pieces of carpet from a hidden edge (under a baseboard heater ?) or closet to make it presentable for showing,

2) then providing a recarpet allowance to buyers so they can choose their own - many buyers will make an offer more readily if they know they can replace the carpet at no added cost with a color and they like, because a very large percentage of buyers plan on replacing the carpet regardless of how new it is, for aesthetic reasons.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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