Get the maximum return on your spruce-up dollars by putting your money in the areas buyers care most about. No one wants to spend money on the home they are getting ready to sell, but it can be crucial if you want to sell the house quickly and for the price you want. Beyond basic decluttering and cleaning, there are areas where some money may need to be spent. While there are some areas that aren’t necessary to spend money on, you may need to spend a little cash in order to get your property sold.
Home-selling secrets: Yes, you really do need new carpet
It may seem strange, but the floor is one of the first things that buyers look at when entering a property. People expect their home floors to be contemporary, clean, and stylish. Old, musty carpeting will definitely not do your home any favours. If you have old or stained carpet, you should consider replacing it before putting it on the market. Stained or dated carpet is a huge turnoff to potential buyers. New carpet can also be quite attractive and create a warm atmosphere.
Unless your carpet is in great shape — and be honest, it’s possibly not — do everyone a favor and replace it.
1 – Conquer your resistance – Yes, we know it’s a pain. You have to pick the carpet, which trips a migraine; pay for a home improvement you won’t be around to enjoy and may not recoup (but you will); and move all the furniture. Tough. Suck it up. Nobody wants to move in onto your old carpet.
2 – Don’t wing it – Do not, we repeat, do not, pick your carpet color in the store. Bring several swatches home to test drive the color. I don’t care if you’re Ralph Lauren (which is unlikely), you cannot pick a color out of context.
3 – Stay neutral – This is no time to get creative and pick some exotic, highly decorative carpet color. Pick a light, neutral color that goes with your walls, which are also light and neutral because you’re selling, right?
4 – Expect to pay for furniture moving – On top of the cost of carpet, underlay and installation, cost applies for furniture moving, both moving it out and moving it back in. It doesn’t include the piano, which the installers will not touch. So please hire a piano mover to lift the upright up and out while the carpet went down.
5 – There’s no need for top of the line – Here’s a resale secret: Lower-end carpet, when new, looks almost as fabulous, if not as fabulous, as more expensive carpet. The difference is durability (This is also a good thing to know if you’re replacing carpet and you don’t know whether you’ll stay or go.)
6 – Get what’s in stock – When picking samples to test drive, ask the salesperson to show you less expensive lines (sometimes called builder grade) that are immediately available. Once you have momentum, you won’t want to wait months for carpet to ship.
7 – Brace yourself for upheaval and remember that it’s all worth it – The fewer knocks a buyer can have against the price of your house, the more you’ll get for it — and you’ll get it faster.