Should I Replace The Carpet Before I Put My House On The Market?
When getting ready to sell your house a common question I hear is: Should I replace my carpet? It is a good question because Sellers do not want to spend huge amounts of money to get their house sold. Most sellers would like to preserve any money they get out of the house for the new place. So the answer would depend on the condition of the carpet. If the carpet is only a couple years old and can be cleaned, then it might not be worth it to spend the money on new carpet. Older carpet that is not stained could also show well enough that a buyer would not be turned off completely by the look and feel of the carpet. Carpet that is 10+ years old and/ or is visibilly stained would be carpet that is "bad" and in my opinion would require a discussion with your Real Estate Agent regarding whether or not it should be replaced.
There are a couple different ways to handle bad carpet.
#1. You can offer a dollar amount for new carpet. The pros of doing it this way is that the buyer can pick out their own carpet, and you won't have the hassle of getting new carpet installed. The cons are that you will not be able to acheive the "best foot forward" principle. When putting your house on the market it is a competition and you want to have your house in the best possible condition it can be in. There is no perfect house, but it is important to remove as many objections to your house as possible. Also, buyers will not get that "wow" factor when they walk in the door. Depending on what the carpet looks like, they could get that "yuk" feeling, and no amount of money to replace the old carpet will fix the feeling they have.
#2. You can replace the old carpet with new carpet. This option requires some upfront funds, time and effort with the hope that it will give you a greater sale price for your house. I am a strong believer in staging, cleaning out closets, boxing up "stuff" to make the house look better. Those are all "free" things that require your time and will give you a big return on the effort you put into it. The carpet, in my opinion, fits into this category although it also requires a large amount of money. The pros for new carpet are obvious... The house will look clean, fresh and give a great first impression! The cons are also obvious... The cost, the time, and the hassle of having carpet installed with all of your things still in the house.
Bottom Line: Should I Replace The Carpet Before I Put My House On The Market?
It depends! Do you have the money to invest in the sale of your home? Is the carpet bad enough in your own opinion that you wouldn't enjoy sitting on it and playing a game with your family? Was your carpet purchased in the 1990's or earlier? Then YES!!! Buyers may even look past other small negatives because they are distracted by how nice and clean the house feels!