Real Estate Q&A
We have been considering putting our house on the market either this fall or in the spring. Our carpet is fairly worn and we are considering replacing it with new. Should we wait and let them change it out? We are highly considering just waiting and providing a carpet allowance for the new buyer to pick out the carpet they want. Let us know what you think is best.
— Dean, Grand Junction
First, have it professionally cleaned and see how it turns out. The transformation, sometimes, can be amazing if you have carpets professionally cleaned. If, after cleaning, they still appear to be in bad shape, have them replaced prior to putting it on the market. New carpet looks and smells great. The look and smell of new carpet will make a big difference when selling your home. Buyers always appreciate the look and smell of new carpet!
Many times sellers want to wait and give a credit for new carpet or allow the buyer to choose the carpet before closing, because no one likes putting several thousand dollars into a house they are about to sell, but I promise you it will make a difference. I suggest replacing before you ever put it on the market. You only get one chance to make a first impression and the first impression is the most important. Choose a neutral color and just have it done prior to putting it on the market! Carpet and paint are two of the biggest “bang for the buck” upgrades you can make. Buyers love new carpet and they know that it is one thing they will not have to address in the near future and it will make your home more move in ready. Happy selling!
My husband is a big game hunter and he has some beautiful mounts in our home. I understand that some people are not hunting proponents and thus may be put off by the head mounts in our home. My question is, is it best to remove them or is it ok to leave them up? We want to make the best impression to sell to a potential buyer.
— Betty, Fruita
This is a common theme for homes in Western Colorado. The fact that we live in Western Colorado and not Chicago — not that there is anything wrong with Chicago — makes trophy mounts more acceptable. Hunting is a way of life and not just a hobby, but in many cases a passion. Many hunters like to showcase their mounts and in most cases, I am great with it.
The key here is to make sure the mounts do not over power your room. If you have low ceilings, there is no doubt it is better to remove and store them. If it is truly a “trophy” and you have low ceilings, it will make the room appear much smaller and more closed in.
If your home has vaulted or volume ceilings then having a “mount or two” will generally be fine. Again, look at your home through the eyes of a buyer and ask your real estate agent what they recommend. The idea is to accentuate or complement your room and decor, not over power it. Happy home selling and continued happy hunting!! Just sell it before he has a chance to add another one this season! : )