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Should You Replace Carpet Before Selling Your House?

September 27 2018
by Leisl Bailey

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Selling your house is never as cut and dry as sticking up a sign and signing a couple of papers. You’ve got to consider each factor in your home– from the paint color to the flooring. You may have been eying the carpet and wondering the same thing millions of others wonder when listing their home for sale: Should you replace carpet before selling house?

You’ve got the right line of thinking, now let’s look at the facts. In this article, we’ll break down the costs and benefits of replacing your carpet, as well take a look at some of your options.

Let’s dive in.

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 improvement items 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.


  • Between $765 and $2,522, depending on weight of pad and type of carpet
  • Any removal of carpet and furniture (if not included in the carpet install)

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 who aren’t planning on buying a fixer-upper 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 couple 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.


  • Homebuyer appeal

Review Your Options

As you gaze at your threadbare carpet and contemplate replacing it, know that you have options.

For carpet that is still in its baby stages, 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.




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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 definitely lots to choose from. So how do you choose the best one for your house?

Tour Houses

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.

Ask Landlords

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! Asses the wear of your carpet, consider getting a deep clean and do your homework if you decide to purchase new carpet.

When in doubt, ask a real estate agent. They’ll know exactly what it takes to get your house sold. If you’re looking for a real estate agent that 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.