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Homeowners who have decided to put their home on the market are bombarded with lots of advice about how best to stage the property. One of the most common questions asked is, “Should I carpet my house before listing it?” This is a great question, and the answer depends on several factors.


4 Reasons to Carpet Your House Before Listing It

If your house falls into the categories listed below, you should seriously consider getting new carpet before listing it for sale.

1. The hardwood floors are extremely damaged. If your home is older and the existing hardwood floors are noticeably worn and damaged, this will probably cause issues when you show the house. Potential buyers might pass on the house because of the added cost of refinishing an entire house worth of floors. Or, they may use it as a bargaining chip to force you to come down on the asking price of your house. If you go ahead and install carpeting to cover poor quality floors, you avoid both of those scenarios.

2. Carpeting is the most common flooring option in the area. If you live in a region where comparable homes are outfitted with carpeting (such areas with cold climates), you’ll probably do better in the marketplace if your house has carpeting, too. Buyers will likely expect to see carpeting in your house.

3. You’ve remodeled everything but the carpets. If you’ve redone nearly everything in your house in anticipation of the showings, chances are that your existing carpets are going to stand out badly in comparison to the rest of the house. In this case, go ahead and take the final step of getting new carpeting to make the house look consistently updated.

4. Your existing carpets are well worn. Prospective buyers will understand if your existing carpets show signs of wear like worn nap, paths of extra wear and tear, and even some stains. But if you leave your carpets looking like that, you can’t possibly show your house in the best possible light. You’ll be better off if you get new carpeting installed.


Will Carpeting Raise the Value of My Home?

Having carpeting doesn’t inherently raise the value of your home in a literal sense. However, when you have new carpeting installed before listing your house, your potential buyers will subconsciously value your home more than if you leave your floors in less-than-new, ideal condition. In addition, homes with bad flooring are more likely to get lower offers than a house with brand new carpeting. So in a way, adding carpeting will allow you to get a better price on your home, which does add value.


Can I Do This Myself or Hire a Contractor?

Laying carpet requires special tools, techniques and a fair amount of physical strength. Carpet on the roll is extremely heavy and awkward to handle. Poor carpet laying can result in crooked carpet, wrinkles, and poorly planned cuts. For best results, it’s recommended to hire a contractor to lay your carpet. Your local carpet supply company will be able to come out and give you a detailed quote on the price and timeline according to what kind of carpet you order.

In most cases, it’s advisable to go ahead and carpet your house before listing it. If you fall into the categories mentioned above, new carpeting may get you a better price for your home when you decide to sell.


Kathleen S. is a real estate expert with over 10 years of experience writing in the real estate industry. During the day, she works as a real estate assistant, specializing in high end and luxury homes. With over 25 years of experience in writing, Kate has honed her skills in a wide variety of writing mediums. Her work has appeared in such publications as Top Agent Magazine, Parents Magazine, Business.com, Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, Mashable.com, Realtor.com, SheKnows.com, and many more.