Should we re-carpet our home before putting on the market?

Question: We’ve been advised by our Realtor to re-carpet our home before putting it on the market. This comes as something of a surprise as we thought that the new owners would rather choose their own carpet. Allison, what do you suggest?
Answer: The more luxurious the flooring in a residence the better when it comes time to put a home on the market, according to Los Angeles-based real estate broker Robert Irwin, author of "Buy Right, Sell High."

In the case of carpeting, a replacement could increase the value of the home by much more than a few thousand dollars, which is about how much the project will cost. Wall-to-wall carpeting that is older than five years most likely will look worn to any prospective buyer of the home.  You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression…so the dollars you spend on flooring could very well be the difference between getting an offer or not.

When it comes to hardwood floors, home sellers should keep in mind that they should be able to withstand sanding and refinishing. For these reasons, homeowners should make sure the hardwood floors are thick enough. Also, owners of homes with tile floors should have replacement tiles available.
It is critical in today’s market that your property look as good as it can from the start. We often think that buyers want to choose the carpet, but the truth is that they want a place that already has great carpeting! You need to be “Parade Ready!”

For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800. Email - [email protected]. Allison is a long time local in Summit County. Summit Real Estate – The Simson/Nenninger Team is located at the Dillon Ridge Marketplace. Allison’s long-time residency and years of real estate experience can help you make the most of any buying or selling situation. She’s a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), the highest designation awarded to a Realtor in the residential sales field. Her philosophy is simple, whether buying or selling, she understands that the most important real estate transaction is yours.  Want to know the value of your Summit County property? Visit   

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