There are things you should do when selling a home and things you shouldn’t do. Everyone always says it’s all about kitchens and bathrooms and that is true. But, should you make the big investment of replacing flooring when you list your home to sell?

Flooring and Selling Your Home

Flooring can make or break a sale, true. An average family doesn’t want that huge investment before they even move into their new home. But still, there are times you should not replace the flooring.

How to Decide

Your realtor should help you see your home with a stranger’s eyes. This will help get out of the space you’re using to seeing every day and think like a buyer. Just how bad is the flooring?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is the home beautifully updated except the flooring?
  • Just how bad is the flooring?
  • Are there any stains?
  • Does it show obvious deep wear?

If hardwood flooring is a little worn, a well-placed, beautiful carpet might be just the cure for showing the home. But if there are stains, missing or damaged boards, water stains, you’ll need to either fix it or install carpet over it.

If it is carpeting that is showing stains and wear, it must be replaced. Replacing it with the cheapest carpet is fine. Your buyer will likely replace it with whatever they like anyway. You are just making the home showable.

The time to do nothing, not even replacing the carpeting, is when your entire home needs remodeling. It is an investor that will be buying your home and they are not impressed by a homeowner’s changes to sell the property. Upgrading anything will be a waste of money for you.

We hope this helps you save money for your new home’s upgrades. When you need our professional opinion, stop by US Hardwood and Carpet. Our flooring professionals are happy to answer your questions.

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