So what about my rugs?

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

Rugs. We are not discussing the type that sit on ones head today. We are looking at the type that sit on the floor. The occasional rugs scattered around the house. The runners down the hallway. The nice rug at the front door or under the dining room table or in the master bath.

When I show homes with lots of rugs on the floors it makes me wonder what they are hiding. I will tend to inch up a corner of the rug and peek under to see if the wood floor is discolored or damaged. Others I peek under to see if the carpet underneath is bad.

I have been in homes where the homeowner has rugs down everywhere to protect flooring from the masses of potential buyers trooping through their home. I don't like rugs.

The three main reasons I don't like rugs in a home being sold are 1) they don't look good in the photographs of the home that we put on-line, 2) they make agents like me wonder if they are hiding something, and 3) they are trip hazards.

So, when you put your home on the market to sell, remove most if not all of your rugs. Show off your pretty gleaming wood floors and pristine carpets. If you need to protect brand new carpet there is a great product that is a clear plastic that you can put down that sticks to the carpet, yet can be easily removed.

Boy, there are so many things to think off when you sell a home. That's why we suggest you use a knowledgeable and professional Real Estate agent.

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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

i am with you, I don't mind the large heavy decorator rugs but get rid of the throw rugs.

Aug 31, 2017 05:59 AM #1
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Hi Peter... I like to removed rugs for photos, but I'm less insistent on removing them from floors when the home is being shown. If there are too many of them, that's one thing, but if they are there to enhance the decor I have no issue with them.

Aug 31, 2017 06:07 AM #2
Kasia McDaniel
Blue Diamond Staging, LLC - Southern Pines, NC
Where Comfort & Living Make a Home

As a home stager, I use rugs to help bring color into a room. If there are issues with the flooring, I notify the homeowners so they can fix it. I tell homeowners that staging is not meant to hide any flaws and home inspectors will find issues, so they might as well fix them now. I agree, lots of throw rugs can be considered clutter. One large rug in a room is just fine but there are exceptions.

I had one client who had a large rug in the foyer. It was dark colored and made the room feel dark as well. As soon as we removed the rug, the recessed lighting bounced off the the gleaming hardwood floors and brightened up the space instantly!

Aug 31, 2017 06:26 AM #3
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Excellent point, Peter den Boer not only what you wrote, but also in many cases, I have seen that the padding under the rugs will themselves permanently discolor wood floors very quickly, particularly in our warm environment.

Aug 31, 2017 06:46 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Peter. I'm not sure I agree with you. Decorating with rugs is something I do. It is like art for my floor.

Aug 31, 2017 07:43 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Each situation is different obviously.  I agree with you that rugs should not be used to hide defects and small rugs scattered throughout are very distracting and can break up the flow of the home.

However, large area rugs are very useful for defining spaces in very large, open concept homes. They help soften and add color. 

I did a consult yesterday where we had to reposition some very large living room furniture and two area rugs were involved. We kept both to define the two areas of the room. It was not fun getting the rugs in position with the heavy furniture.  In the next room I suggested the large area rug be removed and only the table be in the room for a number of reasons, which I explained to the sellers.


Aug 31, 2017 08:27 AM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

First, I am glad you aren't talking about the "Top of the Head" rugs.  Nobody wants to talk about those.

I get a sense that you don't like rugs...  Too funny.

I do agree that it makes us wonder what they are covering up.  Many times, the floors or carpet have issues and we just throw a rug on it.  Great advice for sellers to tug the rug.

Aug 31, 2017 12:12 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Peter- I will pull a Michael Jacobs answer and say depends. Using rugs to hide flaws is a no-no and lots of little throw rugs will eat up space. However using larger rugs to anchor a grouping or as Sharon Tara mentioned to define spaces makes sense. It pulls everything together. 

Aug 31, 2017 06:26 PM #8
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