When I meet with client’s looking to sell their home one of the most common questions I hear is “should I spend the money to replace the carpet or just give prospective home buyer’s a carpet allowance?” It is a great question and from our own collective experience combined with the advice of many realtor’s in Austin, let’s breakdown the pro’s and con’s of replacing carpet vs giving a carpet allowance.

 

Why Carpet Replacement

Why Not Carpet Allowance

 

I reached out to the Winner of the Platinum Top 50 Realtor in Austin from 2017 and here’s what she had to say:

“It’s true that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.  A credit can’t erase the buyer’s perception of the home after seeing dirty worn carpet.  Buyers will assume the home is not well maintained and either not consider it or make a low offer.” – Elicia Michaud | www.steinerranchinfo.com

Quick story. I remember several years ago I was working with a real estate agent in the neighborhood of Steiner Ranch and a home was listed for $840,000. The carpet was a wreck and the agent kept encouraging the client to replace the carpet but the home owner did not want to go through the expense of replacing 2500 SQFT of carpet.
After 6 months the best offer they had received was $40,000 under the asking price. The home owner finally called us in to replace the carpet and spent $5,000 installing new carpet. The very next weekend the home received a full asking price of $840,000! The story goes to show that by spending $5,000 on new carpet the home owner made $35,000 (7x their investment) more on selling their home. Obviously, not all homes are $840,000 but the the idea and principle still apply to a $200,000 home and everywhere in between.

Bottom line. Buying a new home is a large investment for any family. Remove doubt and anxiety from buyers by making your home move in ready with new carpet.