Experienced real estate agents usually recommend that home sellers in the Boise area avoid installing new carpet before a move. It rarely adds a lot of value to the home since buyers often have different tastes than the sellers and many prefer hardwood anyway, even if the carpeting is new. At the same time, those who already have carpeting in the house may want to consider the following tips if the home is to be sold in the near future.
Here is a quick guide to sprucing up your carpet from Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley.
Deodorize the Carpet
Carpet fibers tend to accumulate smells. This is especially true if there are pets or children in the home. Deodorizing the carpet gets rid of unwanted smells, thus drastically improving the overall home environment. Thankfully, it is fairly simple to deodorize any carpet by simply sprinkling baking soda on it, allowing it to sit, and then vacuuming the carpet a few hours later. In extreme cases, it may be best to hire a professional carpet cleaning company to take on this task.
Clean the Carpet
Before your move, rent a carpet-cleaning machine from a home goods store or hire a professional to clean any carpet in the home. Make sure this is done a few days before inviting potential buyers to the home so the carpet is fully dry before anyone walks on it. A professional cleaning company will have the tools needed to clean delicate or challenging carpets and will be able to remove stains that would be hard or even impossible for a homeowner to get out on their own.
Replace the Carpet
If a carpet is in such poor shape that deodorizing or cleaning it simply would not make a difference, it may be a wise idea to replace it. A new carpet in a neutral color will appeal to buyers and make the home look cared for and inviting. If you are ready to make an investment to get top dollar for your home, consider installing hardwood, engineered hardwood, or natural stone tiles in your home’s high-traffic areas. These types of flooring almost always have a higher resale value than carpet.
Make the Carpet Look Good
Real estate agents recommend staging a home for sale with some furnishings. This is especially helpful if you are trying to distract buyers from a worn carpet. Furniture also helps potential buyers visualize themselves in the home, regardless of the flooring covering.
If you are ready to sell your home in the near future, take these steps to ensure your carpets look their best. If you are ready for new flooring to help bring top dollar for your home, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley for a free design consultation! We’ll come to you with our mobile showroom to help you find the best floor covering at the right price.
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