Can there ever be a defense for still having mauve carpet? I say no.
Lately there seems to be a 'resurgence' in the awful color running through my real estate life.
Case in point: Sold Mom & Dad a house with the awful stuff in the main areas. First order of business was to get rid of that stuff immediately upon moving in. Guess what? 15 years later we had to sell the house (at a discount mind you) because of the awful stuff. Now it was a wonderful shade of dirty pink instead of the darker color.
Awful Story #2: Went on a listing presentation where the ladies parents purchased a house 15 years ago with guess what - mauve carpet! First order was to get rid of it for them also as it wasn't one of their particularly favorite colors. Now it's time to retire & sell & we have to deal with the mauve carpet!
Why not just replace it with what you truly love and enjoy it! Most of my examples that I see are where the carpeting needs to be replaced but it's just not done. Once it is, people just love how it looks & makes the house feel but now they're selling.
So they are making it great for the new buyers instead of themselves.
Just doesn't make any sense. Sometimes it's just a good idea to do it for you!