If you’re planning to sell your home, you might be wondering if it’s worth it to replace your old carpet flooring before you sell—or if you should just let the next homeowners choose their own flooring once they buy the home.
80% if home buyers say they’d prefer to buy a move-in ready home. Today’s home buyers want a home that requires minimal work upon move-in which is why it usually pays off to rip and replace. While wear and tear is a normal part of homeownership, removing that faded stain from wine night or those scuffs on the wall you made during move-in will help potential buyers truly visualize themselves in the home—causing it to sell faster, and for more.
In this post, we’ll discuss when you should replace your carpet and the different replacement flooring options you have. Let’s start with when you should consider replacing carpet.
When should you consider replacing carpet flooring for sale?
Replacing flooring is one of the common home improvements sellers make before selling. This is because flooring frequently gets damaged or stained, and it’s fairly easy to replace.
When your carpet shows signs of wear and tear
Depending on the age and condition of your carpet, you may not need to replace it before selling.
Considering homeowners usually spend about 13 years in their homes, and most carpet is only designed to last between 5-15 years, however, it’s common to replace carpet flooring before selling. If your carpet looks worn down, shows signs of damage, or is stained, it’s probably best to swap it out to avoid red flags.
If your carpets are in good condition and you choose not to replace them before listing, you should have them cleaned to remove any dirt and dander that’s built up while you’ve been living in the home.
When your carpet designs are dated
Outdated carpets should also be replaced before you sell. While blue, green, and orange carpet was trendy in the ‘60s and ‘70s, those trends have been laid to rest. Additionally, if you have carpet in a part of your home where it’s no longer popular (like in the bathroom or kitchen), it’s best to replace them with a more modern flooring option.
What should I replace carpet with?
When replacing your carpet, you have a few options to choose from. Option one is simple: new carpet. Carpet is still very common in bedrooms, basements, and family rooms because carpet is cozy, dampens sound, and provides insulation. Plus, it’s cheaper than other flooring options. We recommend neutral that appeal to a broad set of buyers.
Another option is luxury vinyl tile (LVT). LVT is a waterproof flooring material, making it a popular option for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. It’s made to mimic the look of hardwood floor—but is much easier to maintain and costs a lot less to install. While the material is durable and stands up to water well, it’s softer than hardwood and tile. Because of this, tile and hardwood floors are sometimes worth the investment in higher-end homes.
Hardwood flooring is incredibly popular throughout most rooms in homes, and because it can usually be refinished, it’s a good investment for a home buyer who plans to live in the home for a long time. Tile is another popular option for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms—as well as additional living spaces in warmer and coastal climates.
How to maximize your profit from replacing carpets before selling
Two big trends in home design are open floor plans and consistent flooring. As such, it may make sense to replace additional flooring in your home to get your property move-in ready.
Doing this can have a dramatic effect and also help you achieve a higher price point. In the photos below, you can see how installing consistent flooring in this home made it feel bigger and more cohesive. Plus, this improvement helped the homeowner sell for $81k more!
If you’re replacing your carpet, consider the other improvements you could make to maximize your sale price. From painting and repairs to a whole-home makeover.