Ask the REALTOR®: Should I replace the carpet in my house, or let the buyer do that?

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Ask the REALTOR® is a new series in which I’ll answer your most commonly-asked real estate questions, with a new Q&A posting every week or so. If YOU have a real estate question for me, drop me a note here.

This week’s question: Should I replace the carpet in my house, or let the buyer do that? Here’s the answer in this brief video, and don’t miss the transcript below.


Hello. I’m Cari McGee and welcome to Ask the REALTOR®. Over my just about 15 years in the business, I have had all kinds of questions from buyers, and sellers, and members of the general public regarding real estate and what is recommended and what you should or shouldn’t do. And so I’m going to answer some of those in this segment.

And today’s question is, “Should I replace the carpet or just let the new buyer do that?”

Here’s the scoop: Go ahead and replace it. And I know a lot of people will say, “But what if I pick out a color they don’t like?” Or “what if they would have had the choice, they would have done something completely different, and done hardwood floors instead of carpet?” Don’t worry about it. You can’t sell the house unless it’s looking pristine and perfect, and it won’t look pristine and perfect with your old carpet.

Just go ahead and pick a neutral carpet, mid-grade — it doesn’t have to be top of the line. Your pad has to be good, because as everyone will say, “Skimp on your carpet if you want to, but as long as your pad is good, it makes the whole thing look good.”

So that’s what you’re gonna wanna do. Definitely replace the carpet with something neutral, mid-grade, doesn’t have to be amazing, just good, and that way, you’ll get your house sold and on to your next project.

Hope you’re having a good day!

Also, if you have additional questions, by all means, give me a shout via text message, 509-430-5342. Or go to my website, and click the “Contact” button there. Or go ahead and email me, with your real estate question. Thanks so much. Bye!

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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