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What's Under That Carpet ?

What's Under The Carpet ? 

 

Please don 't assume what under that carpet. You might be surprised.

I have seen carpeted rooms with wood floors in closets. I have heard it said... that  same wood is in the rest of the room under the carpet.

Not necessarily so! 

When  buyers ask what's under the carpet.

Don't answer unless you are sure.

 

  When taking a listing, don't just ask, always check.

 

It is quite simple when you know how. If there are floor vents similar to the one below, just lift it up, take a look under the carpet. Find out if there is tile, concrete, or some type of wood that might be nice to show off.

 

Floor vent

 

 

Or you carry a tiny pair of pliers with you like the ones below. Just lift a corner of the carpet, lift the padding and take a look. Of course put the carpet back the way you found it. Very easy, just press it back into the corner with the tip of the pliers.

 

Pliers Margaret Rome

 

Now you will always know how to answer

 

What's Under The Carpet ?

 

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Comment balloon 24 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • January 30 2016 09:58AM

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Margaret, you might be able to tell they are wood, but you never know what kind of shape it's in.  I never let anyone assume the hardwood is something they could live with. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

 Hi, Margaret. 

        Some rooms may have beautiful hardwood under the carpet... other rooms in the same house might have plywood floors.  Never assume!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Yes, I always use the floor register method, and I make sure my buyers "confirm" what I see. That way if for some reason there isn't wood, its known by all.

Posted by Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville, Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group) over 2 years ago

I have checked several ways but the floor register seems to be the bst method.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 2 years ago

Michael Thacker - Louisville Realtor Sometimes there are no floor registers. This is my back up system and I always have the pliers with me.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

YOu can discreetly check a corner of a room and find out what is under the carpet, but you need to be careful when doing so

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Margaret, with carpets that's always the question....those are good tips to finding out what lurks under the carpet.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 2 years ago

Ellen Caruso Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Sometimes there are beautiful hard wood floors under the carpet.  You don't know unless you look.

Posted by Linda Guess, Branson area real estate sales. (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO) over 2 years ago

I remember a listing I showed years ago - the agent said it had high-quality thick padding under the carpet. Walking across the floor said that was NOT true, but he still insisted that it was. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

Linda Guess You don't know unless you look.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Marte Cliff We cannot go by what others say in this situation.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

I'll have to add pliers to my REALTOR toolbox Margaret. I've checked in closets, taken out the registers but I have never put pliers to that use. Thank you for that great tip!

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) over 2 years ago

Andrea Bedard You will not catch me without this tool! See you at Tuesday's ActiveRain MeetUp.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

Wow excellent advice.  I've seen my inspector do that before but I never thought to check myself. 

Posted by Joy Bender, #1 San Diego Luxury Real Estate Digital Marketer (Pacific Sotheby's) over 2 years ago

Margaret - We should never tell anyone what is under the carpet if we don't know. Thanks for sharing a couple of easy way to determine what is under the carpet.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 2 years ago

Yes, good thinking.  My 1st thought is always the vent cover.

And, yes, always check.  I have seen time where there is wood in closet and wood under the carpet, but w/ a nice surprise in between - asbestos tile.  Yuck.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 2 years ago

Good morning Margaret. Never guess, it will come back to bite you! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

You are right Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland you just gotta look. There is no better way.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Bill Roberts No better way than to just take a look.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

I always check to see if there are wood floors under the carpet if there is it pays to have the old carpet removed to expose the wood floors. Thanks for sharing  I hope you have a great day.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 2 years ago

Pat Champion You are so right to check and then have them exposed if they are in good condition or they can be refinished.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

We don't tend to run into this issue much here, but it was common back in Boston. Agents would even state there was wood flooring but when checking we found there was not.

That's a great tip for checking.

It's like so many other things in a home - don't make assumptions!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Jeff Dowler CRS Always good to see you. You can never assume.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

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