- 3 years ago
- Wedding: February 2015
Long time lurker here, but I’ve been looking for some advice and so far I haven’t been able to get a non-biased opinion on this matter. I know that a lot of Bees have updated their homes, purchased homes, sold homes, rented homes, built homes, etc. etc. so I am looking for “home” advice.
I’ll try to keep the short. We moved in to this house in 2010, at the time, the home was 15 years old, with the ORIGINAL carpet in the house except for the master bedroom. It is a builder’s grade carpet with a standard builder’s grade pad underneath. For the longest time when we moved in I couldn’t figure out why I could never get my house to smell “clean” like my family’s home did (no carpet in the house, hardwood/tile throughout) and finally after 2 years I realized it was the damn carpet. We’ve had it professionally steamed twice, but it doesn’t really do anything, and the carpet is so old/low quality that it can’t even be stretched and it is starting to bunch up in places and buckle against the walls. In hindsight we should have replaced the carpet prior to moving in, but we didn’t. Now we’re looking to replace all the carpet in the house with new carpet (upstairs) and hardwood (downstairs), but the cost is pretty steep, to the tune of $6000 for all materials, with us DIY installing the hardwood (my parents would help us as we -the family- did ALL the flooring in the family home, so we’re confortable DIYing tile/wood, but have no experience with carpet, and carpet installation is pretty cheap overall, free depending on who we purchase from).
However, $6000 is a bit of money. We have enough saved up to comfortably pay for everything in full, but we aren’t sure if we’re going to be spending the rest of our lives in this house, or even the next 5 years. It all depends on advancement oppertunities within our careers. Part of me thinks we should go ahead and do it now, and enjoy having something other than old, worn out, hard to clean, nearly 20 year old carpet. Of course, the carpet as it is now wouldn’t go towards helping sell the house, but we’re not sure if updated flooring would actually make it any easier to sell (logically you’d think so, but I’m not 100% sure).
So? Thoughts? Opinions? Is it worth spending $6,000 to replace/upgrade the carpet?. I am leaning towards yes, it is – but still, $6,000 is a LOT of money. My first car didn’t even cost that much… haha! Well, thanks ladies. Hopefully you all can offer up some good advice.