If you have carpet, it’s wise to have it shampooed to remove any stains or smells that may exist. If that doesn’t work, then you’ll likely have to get rid of it.
If your carpet is dirty looking, soiled, or stained beyond rescue, then your only alternative is to get rid of it. Instead of replacing it with carpet, think about hardwood or laminates, since they’re better selling features.
Wood and laminates make your home look more spacious, and people like to see woods and laminates more than carpeting when they’re looking at homes. As an added bonus, these types of flooring are much easier to keep clean than carpets are.
Avoid Making a Statement
If you have any kinds of “loud” decorating that makes a statement or that is controversial, you should take it down.
Examples of controversial decorating are a deer head on the wall, or a bear skin rug.
These items may be attractive or fun in your eyes, but there are many people who will find this a complete turnoff.
This is the same for books and magazines that you might have lying around. If you’re not sure, the best thing is not to display them, in case something might be offensive or simply unattractive to prospective buyers. Also remove all personal touches like family photos and keepsakes, as these are distracting and make it harder for potential customers to visualize this as their home.