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Carpet -- plan to sell, but might not -- need advice

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Our home is 3400 square feet. One room downstairs and all but the bathrooms upstairs are carpeted. The carpet is at least ten years old, and it shows it. 

 

We want to move, but don't know how soon we can pull off moving.  Either way, this carpet must be replaced.  It reeks of cat and yorkie urine on the stair landing and in the room downstairs.

 

I am super concerned about the toxicity of carpet and carpet cleaners.   Bamboo will not work in this house at all, because most of the downstairs is engineered dark pecan style wood in a style that has been discontinued.

 

Half way decent carpet will cost less than 1.50 dollars a foot installed including pad.   I am concerned because it may take months before we can move, and most of the off gassing occurs during the first few months. 

 

Are there any less toxic alternatives that are conventional enough that we can still put our house on the market?

 

Thank you.

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Could you have it professionally steam cleaned and then offer a carpet allowance of a certain dollar amount as part of the sale?

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Sounds like renting a steam cleaner might give them just enough life for you to move, there are also carpet cleaners specifically for getting out pet urine smells which are supposed to be quite good.

 

It's worth asking round to try and find out what sort of things people expect a house for sale to have had done. We were told to focus on structural stuff as people expected to decorate, including new carpets, to their taste when they moved in. We did tone down a couple of our more bright rooms to something a bit more neutral but otherwise didn't do much.

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