Updated March 5th, 2019
Your home is likely one of the most valuable assets you’ll ever own. It’s not surprising that selling it is a relatively complicated process.
In addition to all the paperwork and negotiations, you’ll have to wade through a huge number of important decisions that can significantly impact the final selling price.
In particular, determining which pre-sale repairs and improvements to invest in can be a tricky thing to do — you need to be sure that the value a given project adds to your home comfortably outweighs the costs.
It’s always a good idea to consult an expert when evaluating prospective repairs — and an experienced real estate agent is a great place to start.
Clever partners with top-performing, full-service agents from major brands and regional brokerages (e.g., Keller Williams, Century 21, RE/MAX, etc.), meaning they can advise on anything from repainting to landscaping to roof repair.
In addition to providing expert advice and support throughout the selling process, Clever Partner Agents have also agreed to list and sell your home for a flat fee of $3,000 — or just 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000.
That means that in addition to helping you avoid costly, low-impact repairs, they’ll ensure you end up with the maximum margin of profit on the sale by not charging you an arm and a leg for their services.
Of the most-common, pre-sale projects homeowners wonder about is whether or not to clean or even replace the carpet — here are a few key things you should consider before you make a decision.
Costs of Replacing Carpet
Picture yourself walking through your dream home. It has every feature you could ever dream of: the perfect bathroom, open kitchen, and the best spot for you to sit and relax. Now picture that same house with stained carpet that may or may not smell like week-old spilled milk.
Did the value plummet a little for you?
If you’re like many Americans searching for a home to buy, the state of the carpet makes a big difference. In fact, cleaning your carpet is one of the most common home improvements agents recommend to sellers. What will replacing your carpet actually cost you, though?
Depending on the type of carpet and weight of pad you get, as well as the size of your house, the average carpet and install costs between $765 and $2,522. That may seem like a lot of money to drop on a house you aren’t going to live in, but let’s take a look at the benefits.
Benefits of Replacing Carpet
There are several benefits to replacing the carpet. The first is home buyer appeal.
Home buyers want to know that once they sign those papers, they don’t have to do anything to their house except live in it.
Few buyers can walk into a house and overlook the worn-down carpet with stains.
Replacing your carpet adds to the buyer appeal of being able to walk in the house upon close and do nothing but enjoy it.
If a buyer sees a high priced house with carpet needs replacing, many buyers will walk away. Even though replacing the carpet only costs a few thousand dollars (at most), the perceived value drops much more than that.
Let’s say you renovate the bathroom, update the kitchen, and add all new paint and windows, and do nothing with the floors. If the carpet is out of date or stained, buyers see the house as needing work.
Review Your Options
As you gaze at your threadbare carpet and contemplate replacing it, know that you have options.
For relatively new carpet, consider staging the room instead. Staging the house with furnishings draws the eyes away from the floor imperfections and features the rest of the house.
This trick is best for carpet that doesn’t get many visitors. You wouldn’t be able to get away with this for carpet that is in bad shape.
If your carpet is in top-notch condition, giving it a good cleaning might do the trick. There are many companies who specialize in cleaning carpets. Make sure you get one that spot-treats the carpet first to prevent stains from sticking around.
For those carpets with years of pet odor and stains– it’s time to tear it up. You don’t have to go with new carpet, though. There are plenty of nice laminates that look amazing and rival the price of new carpet that may be worth looking into.
Choosing the Best Carpet to get Your House Sold
It might be surprising to see the number of opinions that people have about carpet. From Berber to builder grade, there are so many options. So how do you choose the best one for your house?
Have any new developments in your area? Tour the model homes and see what sort of carpet the builder put in there. Pay particular attention to the color (usually a beige) and ask them for the type.
Builders know what it takes to get a house sold with the smallest amount of costs, so they’ll know which direction to point you in.
Many of the home improvement stores have high-priced, low-quality carpet. Your best bet for finding the best carpet for the best price is to ask those that buy new carpet often: landlords.
Call a few apartment complexes up and ask them where they get their carpet from. Chances are, it’s a local contractor who does a great job for a great price. The landlord should even be able to point you to a specific color.
Should you replace carpet before selling the house? The answer is usually yes, but remember, you have options! Assess the wear of your carpet, consider getting a deep clean, and do your homework if you decide to purchase new carpet.
Again, when in doubt, ask a Clever Partner Agent. They’ll know exactly what it takes to get your house sold. If you’re looking for a real estate agent who is an expert in your market and charges a low flat rate, you need Clever.
Call us today at 1-833-2-CLEVER or fill out our online form to get started.