Does New Carpet Help You Sell Your House?

Light-colored carpeting makes small rooms look larger.

Light-colored carpeting makes small rooms look larger.

You're getting your home ready for the real estate market and making a list of things to improve your home's buyer appeal. It's the obvious things in your house that turn lookers into buyers and carpeting can be eye candy or an eyesore. While there isn't any guarantee that your new carpeting will seal the deal, there are a few universals when it comes to deciding to replace your carpet when putting your home up for sale.

Damaged Carpets

Severely damaged carpeting needs to be replaced to help sell your home. If your carpet is threadbare in any area, replacement is a must. Carpeting that has faded or has uneven color also needs attention. Sun-damaged carpeting also means you'll need to replace the flooring. Dyeing carpeting is less expensive than installing new carpeting and might offer an alternative to replacement. Patching and repairing typically only calls attention to the damaged sections.

Covering Hardwood

Wall-to-wall carpeting is a relatively new concept in the history of home decor and not one that some buyers embrace. A number of shoppers look for homes with hardwood flooring. Avoid covering quality hardwood with wall-to-wall carpeting. If you want to add a feeling of warmth in the winter months for your prospective buyers, add some large throw rugs to give the feeling of wall-to-wall carpet.

Dated Styles

Replace carpeting with dated patterns or style. Small houses filled with large-patterned carpeting also need a flooring change. Large patterns make rooms appear smaller and make potential buyers wish for larger rooms. Even though mid-century style is popular, old-school carpeting with a loose weave -- such as shag -- isn't on the popular design list for most buyers. Even if you stick with the shag style, select a modern version with a lower pile and tighter weave.

Unattractive Colors

Dark colors make rooms look smaller, while lighter colors open up spaces. Small houses with carpeting in dark hues need a change to lighter-colored carpet to give buyers the feeling of spacious rooms. Pale pink or light blue pastel carpeting typically fails to impress new buyers. If the carpet is in good condition, ask a professional about the possibilities of dyeing the carpet to something in the neutral color range. If that isn't possible, replacement carpeting improves your home's salability.

Rainbow Carpeting

Homes with a range of carpet colors break up the flow of the floor plan. The multiple carpeting colors call attention to the flooring, rather than the size of the rooms or important features in your house. Replace the rainbow with a solid color. Also replace carpeting when the various carpeting colors clash. Hallways typically magnify the contrast when bedrooms feature a variety of colored carpeting. If one room features neutral-colored, quality carpet, save money by finding a replacement carpeting for the other rooms that come close to a color match.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.

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