HOMEBUYING HINT: YOU CAN CHANGE THINGS!!!
Upon talking to the realtor, I don't know how many times I heard that people passed up the house because it didn't have a carport or the carpet was old or the colors were wrong. People will often buy a house that's much more expensive that doesn't require changes even though such things could be done to a underpriced house without much trouble.
Our realtor wanted us to change all the carpet in the house despite already having a $2000 carpet-allowance attached to the price. When I mentioned that if the buyers use the allowance to change the carpet, they can choose the color and style they want, but if I change the carpet I'll be adding the style and color I want.
. . .and you can bet I'm going with "college-apartment-grade beige" from Big Bob's Discount Carpet Barn if it's my choice.
Turns out that most buyers would prefer the house already be covered with $1200 worth of brand-new carpet rather than take the $2000 to replace it themselves. And that's just dumb.
Ditto for the paint. We originally had a $1000 painting allowance, but I ended up pulling the allowance in favor of hiring a painter and having him paint the dingy rooms with a five-gallon bucket of "contractor-grade-antique-white". Total cost = $650.
Which gets back to my advice. You can change things in a house. Wallpaper, paint, and carpet aren't all that expensive and it's better you do it the way you want it rather than the way the seller wants.
Thankfully it appears we've got a smart buyer. They're gonna spend $100 on steam cleaning and use the rest to pay for the closing. Only a couple of the rooms really needed the carpet replaced anyway.