No. of Recommendations: 0 out the carpet and refinish the hardwood as part of the sale. That might be more expensive than replacing the carpet.

In my previous house, I put off refinishing the HW floors for the 12 years I lived there because I assumed it would be expensive. When it came time to sell, I was happily surprised to find that the cost of refinishing (sand, stain, 3 coats polyurethane) was less than the cost of decent carpeting. Of course I refinished. Amazing all the stains and scuffs that a light sanding will remove; the HW floors looked as good as new when the floor guys finished.

In my current house, I had HW floors refinished before I moved in. Might as well enjoy it myself, rather than wait and do it for next owners.

Anyway, yes, sellers might be assuming refinishing is more expensive than it is.

Another potential wrinkle is that it might not be HW floors throughout. Depending on the age of the house and the closet construction, the HW might not extend into the BR closets, in which case plywood would have been used to bring the floors up to same level as in the room, under the carpet.
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