Can there ever be a defense for Mauve Carpet?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban

mauve carpetCan 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!



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Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker/REALTOR

Lyn Sims - Agreed! In fact I'm dealing with a home with not only mauve but mauve and blue carpet! A true assault on the senses. No one and I really do mean NO ONE is asking this Realtor to show them houses with mauve carpet. Good post.

Jan 18, 2016 02:16 AM #1
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

The question I would ask it how did it get there in the first place? Obviously someone thought it was a good idea at some point. I am kind of partial to purple though I don't have carpet in my home now so it won't ever be an issue.

Jan 18, 2016 02:32 AM #2
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Tanya:  I too like purple but this fades out to pink & when worn starts to look grey. It's just awful.

Jeffrey Stevens lol, I remember working with a male buyer where every house I showed him had this carpet color. He said, must be fate ..... he was going to replace it all anyway.

Jan 18, 2016 02:49 AM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Yes, make the changes while you're still living in the house so that you can enjoy it yourself.  Why wait until you're selling?  Mauve is just an awful color for carpeting ... buyers never find it appealing.

Jan 18, 2016 03:26 AM #4
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I loved the title of this post it caught my attention; at least, the carpet can be replaced which is good for any home owner or home buyer. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great day.

Jan 18, 2016 03:34 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

  We have a soon to be Seller about to do that right now Lyn Sims ...she liked it while they lived there...different strokes...and knows it isn't "everyone's taste" .

Jan 18, 2016 03:44 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My wife had this when we got married...It somehow got damaged and I bought her new carpet in a different color

Jan 18, 2016 05:53 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My Mom is a little old lady who loves mauve carpet.  Obviously, when we sold her home, it was replaced. 

Jan 18, 2016 06:15 AM #8
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

When I purchased my real estate company in the 90s it was country blue and mauve. First order of business was to change it.

Jan 18, 2016 10:32 AM #9
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Tammy:  Yes I remember the blue & mauve country ducks thing goin' on back then.

Chris Ann:  You know it just didn't wear well & faded horribly.

Bill:  On purpose?

Sally:  It just seems that it would have been better had they lived with new carpet beforehand & enjoyed it before selling. 

Pat:  It's all the matching to the carpeting that can be a problem. Most times you have to 'un-mauve' the whole house. Call the color exterminator.

Maureen:  As a stager, you'd know, it's the first that gotta go.

Jan 18, 2016 10:15 PM #10
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Mauve color carpeting was big in the 90s, I think, along with the white-washed cabinets. I didn't like the look then and I don't like it now. I agree, home owners should change it so they can enjoy it. Carpeting is not that expensive. 

Jan 24, 2016 09:13 AM #11
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