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When Selling, Hardwood Floors Beat Carpet

If you have carpeting covering up your hardwood floors, consider ripping it up before selling it. And if you don’t have wood floors, installing them might be a smart move.

That’s because most buyers today want them — and they might be more likely to pass up homes with wall-to-wall carpet, said Leslie Piper, a San Francisco-based real-estate agent and Realtor.com’s consumer housing specialist. In fact, she recently helped facilitate a great deal on a home that was overlooked by many people, partially because of its jarring green carpet. The buyers are ripping up the carpet to expose the boards underneath.

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