Best carpet for upscale house resale value

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Old 07-21-20, 02:48 PM
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Best carpet for upscale house resale value

We were fortunate to be in a wonderful house on a mill pond that we bought in '13 as a 25yo "fixer-upper" in a neighborhood that's very upscale for our county and filled with judges, doctors, surgeons and business owners - we're definitely anomalies as retired educators who have always done the DIY route! Also, most of the homes are 5-15 years old with just a few, like ours, that are older and less... mini-mansions. Now that the basics have been dealt with, we're slowing bringing it into the modern age, focusing both on our personal preferences but also with resale in mind as we may sell in five years or so.

One thing that we need to do is replace the carpet in the living room and stairs -- the previous owner had put in beige lower-end carpeting that clearly wasn't stain-resistant after the house had stood empty for 3 years.

We would like to get something that would likely have a solid 10+ year lifespan, as we anticipate selling in about 5 years and don't want to have to redo the carpet before putting it on the market. We're just two retirees so the foot traffic and potential for damage is reasonably low (as long as I never bring another glass of red wine into the living room again, ever).

We also want to get whatever type/style carpet would be expected in an upscale house, but we honestly have no idea what that might be, as we come from a long line of homes that were... we'll just say NOT in upscale neighborhoods, and did not have carpeting installed, so buying ww carpeting is a new experience to us. We know that it's likely to be expensive, but we also know that picking the most expensive doesn't mean that it's the best. And we figure that we'd rather not ask the salesperson who would likely answer according to their commission potential.

Suggestions for styles, materials, or even a solid "carpeting 101" guides that address our questions are most appreciated. Thank you!
 
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Old 07-21-20, 04:17 PM
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If your looking for what brings the best resale in floor covering, it's not carpet it's hardwood!

Most people today look at carpet as a detriment that they feel they will have to spend money to replace, thus the appeal is much lower!

Were in year 3 of a multi year project to remove all the 12 year old carpet from the entire house! I love installing wood floors!
 
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Just give them a "floor covering credit" and walk away.
NEVER pay for carpet that the new owner is only going to rip up and throw out.
Your carpet guys already know that ANYTHING a seller installs will get tossed by the new buyer within 5 years.

I've been licensed as a Realtor since 1994, and the hardest thing I have to tell Sellers is that
"Yes, they're going to tear out
A) your kitchen
B) your bathrooms
C) your shrubs
-"Don't feel bad, this is probably what YOU did when you bought the place from the last owner."

Talk to YOUR Realtor, but in my experience EVERY new buyer rips out EVERYTHING that the prior owner paid a premium for because "it was so nice."
 
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Old 07-21-20, 04:43 PM
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You forgot paint and especially wall paper!

 
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Important clarification: We want the carpet for us right now, and want it to not look like crap or come across as "cheap" when we sell the house. We want something that looks and feels like a quality carpet but we know nothing about what to look for when we buy a carpet.

We know that wood floors sell better. And we have replaced some rooms with wood. But we've decided to keep carpet in the living room and we also need to carpet the stairs for safety reasons.
 
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Buy what you want to live with - buying for potential owners is too much of a crapshoot if you're not putting it up for sale tomorrow.
 
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What are the current floors under the carpet?

Plywood, softwood, hardwood?

If you have any sort of finished floor under the carpeting, I'd strongly consider exposing the existing floor
and using area rugs in the rooms and runners on the stairs for around 6 months, THEN make a decision.
 
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