To Carpet or Not to Carpet....

Real Estate Agent with MB/Priority Properties, Inc.

I came across a new client who had tried to sell his condo for 3 months with someone else.  This one bedroom condo was in great condition and great location, but the carpet was worn and had traffic stains in it.  He said he gave a carpet allowance with the last listing.


I told him, in my experience, a carpet allowance is a license to take your allowance and ask for more off the price too!  I suggested he take his carpet allowance and get some carpet put in.  "Realtor-beige" (I suggested).  


This particular seller didn't like my input and went with another agent that was referred by a friend.   I'm anxious to see if he changed the carpet or if it sits on the market for another 3 months.  


Tell me Rainers.....what do you think?  

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Comments (6)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Deb Kirschbaum good advice to install the carpet and not make a simple issue a complex one.... 

Sep 03, 2015 01:18 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Good advice!  Out here, most people HATE carpet.  I was showing buyers over the weekend and the house that won ended up having the least carpet!

Dirty carpet is worse than carpet.  No buyer wants to come in and replace carpet.  They expect to paint to suit their color tastes, but not to have to replace carpet.

Sep 03, 2015 02:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Deb, you absolutely gave this Seller great advice, and sad to hear they went with another REALTOR.    Keep the door open, they could come back to you! 

Sep 03, 2015 08:50 AM
Deb Kirschbaum
MB/Priority Properties, Inc. - Denver, CO

Thanks everyone!  

Sep 04, 2015 02:25 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

The house has only one chance to make the fist impression. If it needs a new carpet~ do it, if you can completely remove the carpet and install (like) wood floors ~ that would be even better.

Oct 01, 2015 04:45 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Yes, carpet shoudl be clean, clean. 

I have sold a few condos this year with the carpet. NEW!

Thank you for great post, Deb. 

May 31, 2016 01:57 PM