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New carpet for selling 225K home: Speckled? Solid? Neutral? Cheapest? Expensive? Better pad? Thanks!

  • October 18 2012 - US
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As many have said, go with a neutral color if you will be going the carpet route.  I personally rehab all of my properties with laminate wood flooring in the bedrooms, and a nice tile for the rest of the house...mostly due to the fact that I have pretty bad allergies and So-Cal is pretty hot year round (tile seems to keep the house cooler).  I never lose any money on the flooring upgrades, but you just need to make sure you don't either.  Work with an experienced Realtor and take their opinion seriously -- they usually know what they're doing.

Good luck
  • October 19 2012
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Yes, neutral is the way to go. Solid medium color or a multi-colored frieze carpet is what is popular with many homeowners nowadays.

Since you're wanting to sell don't worry about an expensive pad, a 6lb pad might be sufficient. It's a mid-grade pad. Mid grade carpet might be best, but you may be fine with a builders grade as well.

New carpet, paint is helping homes to sell here in Utah for top dollar and in the quickest amount of time.

I hope it all goes well.

Becky
  • October 19 2012
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Neutral is probably going to be your safest bet and probably something low- to mid-grade with a good pad.  Are you replacing existing carpet? Is it necessary? How about a credit for the buyer's personal choice?

Good luck!

  • October 18 2012
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Neutral is the way to go.  Most reputable carpet companies will come out to your home to take measurements and will bring samples of "basic" carpet if you let them know you are re-carpeting before listing.

In our area a $225K home is a starter home, so I would advise builder grade carpet with a 6lb pad. I have found that going up in padding isn't helpful for selling as a higher pound pad is more dense and doesn't have as much initial cushion/give under your feet. It wears better over the long haul, but that isn't your motivation right now.

If your home is on the higher end, I would match the quality of the carpet with the perceived value of the home.  There is no need to overspend, but you also don't want to go too cheap if your home is considered more luxury. 

Good luck!
  • October 18 2012
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Neutral colors are preferred, builders grade with good padding!
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Light to medium neutral beigey color - think coffee with lots of cream
check out builder grade plush - I wouldn't recommend the cheapest one
6 lb pad sufficient, get a deal for 8 lb pad would be best - good pad makes cheaper carpet last longer and feel more expensive
good luck.  Good post.
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