Selling your house and need new carpets? You’ve come to the right place.
Laying new carpets before you sell a property is a great update and will deliver a good return on investment as long as you do it right.
For this blog I turned to a local expert, Kathy Reed who, with her husband Stuart, owns Choices Centenary in the Jindalee Homemaker Centre. I always recommend Kathy to my clients as she is professional (and the complete opposite to a lot of carpet salesmen!), has a great range at affordable price points and knows the difference between buying carpet to sell vs. buying carpet to stay.
I asked Kathy the questions that my clients usually ask me. I hope it answers your questions too.
Q: I’m selling my house and need new carpets – what’s the process?
Ideally we would recommend that you visit our showroom to look over our extensive range, however, if you cannot make it in, call to arrange an obligation free measure and quote. We will discuss your needs and bring out samples of flooring that best suit your requirements. We will ask questions such as when you want to sell, what price bracket you see your property falling into, whether it is a partial or full replacement and what your renovation budget is. Once you accept our quotation, we will arrange an installation date to get you ready for photos and your first open house viewing. Remember new flooring will help your property compare well against competing properties and lessen the likelihood of a buyer demanding a price reduction to cover the cost of new flooring.
Q: What are the best colours for carpets when selling?
Light neutral colours that tone well with your existing wall/tile/window covering colours will work best. Now is not the time to be considering bold blues, greens or similar because a neutral colour will have appeal for the widest range of potential buyers. A lighter colour will brighten and lighten your rooms which will help create the illusion of making the rooms appear bigger.
Q: I’m confused by all the different carpets available what do you recommend?
It is confusing, but not one carpet suits every person’s needs. It is important to discuss your needs with the sales staff so that they can match you with the best solution. If you are selling, my advice would be to consider cheaper carpets such as polypropylenes or polyesters because they represent “bigger bang for your buck”. You may also want to consider the option of laying new carpet on the existing underlay to reduce your expenditure
Q: What else do you have in the way of flooring that can help me sell my house? Carpet is usually the most economical flooring solution, but if you are handy, timber laminate can be a great alternative. It is easy to install yourself and timber look in flooring is very much in style. Of course, we can also fully install it for you too. If you have cracked tiles, why not consider a vinyl floor overlay or even a new rug can cover issues such as stains more cheaply than new carpet.
Q: Do you have to measure up or can I just give you dimensions? Bringing in your room measurements can help us to give you a more accurate estimate of what it will cost you, but unless you want to take responsibility for any errors, we prefer to always check measure on site before we order or cut.
Q: My carpets are fine but uneven. Do you offer a re-stretching service?
Sometimes all your carpet needs is a re-stretch to take out wrinkles or a patch to repair a hole or scald mark. We are happy to arrange this for you. If we installed your carpet, we offer a lifetime warranty on installation and will do the re-stretch for free, otherwise expect to pay around $100. Some carpets are just too old to re-stretch, and a patch can sometimes not work well – just bear that in mind.
Q: I’m worried about quality of fitting – who fits your carpets and flooring and are they any good?
No need to worry because we offer a lifetime warranty on our flooring installation. Our installation teams are very experienced and have been working for us for a long time. We guarantee that you will be happy.
Q: How long have you been working at Choices?
My husband, Stu and I purchased Choices Centenary in 2005. We have a passion for flooring and along with our dedicated team our goal is always to make it easy for you to find the floor you’ve been searching for. Choices is part of a large nationwide floorcovering group. We recently changed our name from Carpet Choice to reflect our wider range which now includes tiles and rugs along with timber, laminates, vinyl and of course carpet. Our Jindalee showroom is open seven days a week for your convenience.
I’m Imogen Brown, a home stager based in the Western suburbs of Brisbane. If you are about to sell and would like some practical help and advice and recommendations for local suppliers then give me a call on 0432 994 056 or contact me through my website.