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We have 3 kids. They make messes, sometimes. Actually, at the ages they all are, they are not too bad (almost 12, 5 1/2, 6 months). But I know the babe will be getting into things and getting messy, and we would like another babe after this one. The girls also enjoy somewhat messy crafts.<br><br>
We have been looking at houses for quite a while. Tomorrow evening we are scheduled to look at one that could be a very good fit. However, it is currently ALL WHITE. White Berber carpet. White walls. White cabinets in the kitchen. Did I mention a single woman is living there alone, or did you guess that already? :LOL<br><br>
So...would you do it? And if I put like 3,000 coats of Stainmaster on the carpet would it prevent stains? Or is Stainmaster dangerous to babies? I know I could do area rugs in the baby's room and maybe high-traffic areas?<br><br>
The kitchen is not carpeted...so there would be a place to do messy crafts (or outside, better yet!). There is no basement, so a finished basement for play area is out.<br><br>
BTW, I am not exactly homemaker of the year. My DH is a stickler for a clean house, though.<br><br>
TIA for any advice/thoughts.
 

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Not unless the purchase price was sufficiently low that I knew I'd be able to replace said white carpet in two years, by which time it would be a complete disaster. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If its the perfect house in every other way- probably.
 

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I would buy it and install pergo or bamboo hardwood throughout. Then, I'd get two, small, slender, fun vacuums and let the kids have vacuum races to clean it up!
 

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Um, we did... and let me tell you that you have to be neurotic or something to install wall to wall white carpet.<br>
Our plan is to replace it a little at a time...
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I currently have all white berber carpet in all of our bedrooms...For me it works great, Did I mention I don't have any kids? If the house has everything else your looking for then great. But try not to judge a house on things that are replaceable such as carpet, paint color, light fixtures. Unless you are dead set against ever replacing anything.HTH.
 

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My (single, kidless) sister has an off-white carpet. She's had it for a few years, and it looks awful. She's crazy neurotic about it, too, like she wants to keep it looking perfect, but that ship has totally <i>sailed</i> already.<br><br>
I agree with the pp who suggested getting pergo flooring...I hate carpets, hate them...I'm living with one for the first time since childhood. All the rentals here have them. I hate it.
 

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Only if I could afford to replace it with bamboo flooring or Marmoleum (biodegradable, natural linoleum).
 

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Thanks for the input and reality check. We'll look at it tonight. I guess I am getting sick of looking and ready to compromise. We'll have to see if it is truly white all through (the neighbors told us that). I guess we could take into account the cost of new flooring if/when we made an offer.<br><br>
Where we are now we have gorgeous old hardwood floors throughout the house. Too bad it is so small that I am slowly losing my mind living here.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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I'd buy it if the rest of the house met your needs. You can always paint (hey, white is way better than if they were into dark colors on the walls) and pull out the rugs. WHat's underneath the rugs? Hard wood or plywood? Pergo isn't terribly expensive to install (you can do it yourself if you're crafty) and cleans well. I don't see all white as a problem... just an empty palate.
 

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I would only buy it if I could afford to put new carpet in. We have light tan carpet and havent lived here a year. Its AWFUL!! We shampoo it regularly but its still stained. Our problem is popsicles. Red and orange spots everywhere. UGH
 

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I really appreciate all of the input. Turns out though it is white all through, it is not all Berber, so I think we could replace the cheaper stuff first. Will probably take the advice to keep it until it is stained then replace. The house is within our budget so I think we'd be able to replace the flooring somewhere along the way.<br><br>
Of course I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> It is sooo pretty with everything WHITE <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> DH is not as enamored though. We'll see.<br><br>
Did I mention I'm sick of looking? What a roller coaster!<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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No, not unless we were planning to replace the carpet with something else anyway. My mil has ALL white carpet, white walls, white furniture... you get the picture. She feels she is very, "modern" by decorating her house this way (even though her house is a tudor style and not modern in it's oak wood trim or architecture, personally I think her house looks weirdly sterile the way she furniished it.). Well, everytime the grandkids or any other children come over, all she does is freak out about her carpet/furniture/walls, etc.. In fact, she even freaks out when adults come over. If you are NOT the type to obsess over how the carpet looks, I say go for it. However, if a stain would really bother you, I would replace the carpet with something else if budget allows if this is your dream house.<br><br>
My parents carpeted their guestroom with white carpeting... that was a mistake. My brothers and I used to sneak in there to watch tv and we were always spilling drinks/snacks by accident. It looks pretty gross... like dapple white/grey/black/yellow carpet now.
 

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As a less expensive alternative, you could do throw rugs over the white carpet in the short term.<br><br>
The white cabinetry and walls are easier to change and could be done anytime- paint isn't too expensive.
 

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We just moved into a house with white carpet in the living room and foyer. There only good thing about it, you can see the dirt and stuff to vacuum, which I only do once a week. We have a strict no shoes in the house rule so we don't drag in stuff on our shoes like pesticides and junk. Shaving cream works wonders on stains and yes, there are a lot of stains with a 19mo old. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I'll replace it when ds grows up and moves out. We had hard wood floors in the old house and I did a lot of sweeping and dusting on those so you don't win.
 
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