If you’re renovating your home before selling it, you may have the urge to replace your carpet, but should you?
Let’s go over the pros and cons of replacing your carpet before selling your home and see if it’s really worth shelling out your hard-earned dollars to do.
How Does New Carpet Affect Resell Value?
You may be more likely to get offers if buyers feel like your home is move-in-ready, but will those offers cover the cost of replacing the carpet? According to HomeAdvisor, installing new carpet doesn’t affect resell value either way. However, if you’ve got carpet that’s seen better days, don’t let that dissuade you from replacing it because the same data found that homes with dilapidated carpet did worse in the market than homes with new carpet or other flooring options.
Should You Replace Your Carpet?
New carpet is cheaper than hardwood or tile, and its fluffy appearance can help to minimize any unevenness or imperfections in your floors. It may be a good idea to replace your carpet if:
- Your carpet is an outdated color or design – That green carpet may have been all the rage a couple of decades ago, but let’s face it, it’s time to let it go. By replacing it with a modern, neutral tone, you’re taking the pressure off of potential buyers to replace it after they move in.
- Your carpet has visible wear and tear or stains – It will be easier to catch the eye of potential buyers without any stains, odd smells, or holes to scare them off
- If it’s more than 5-15 years old – Sadly, modern carpet wasn’t made to last forever. Over time your carpet breaks down and takes in dirt, no matter how often you vacuum. Even if your carpet is not showing too much physical wear, it could be a good idea to replace it after about a decade.
If your carpet falls under any of these categories, it could be a good idea to replace your carpet rather than risk it holding up the sale of your house. If your carpet is new or still in good condition, you’re probably safe just getting it professionally cleaned before your first showing.
Cons of Replacing Your Carpet
The most obvious con is the fact that new carpeting costs a pretty penny. If you’re only recarpeting a couple of rooms, it may not cost too much; however, re-carpeting an entire house could set you back anywhere between $7,000-$14,000 on average. If you replace your carpet when it’s not necessary to sell your house, you may not see a return on your investment.
Contact Utah Sell Now
Whether you replace your carpet or not before you sell, we’re willing to buy your property. Contact Utah Sell Now today to get your cash offer. We serve the Salt Lake City, Utah, area. We take the fees and hassle out of selling your home.