When buying a new home there are some things to look for when you are hunting for your dream home. The first thing we tell our clients is if you go into a home and there is a smell of air fresheners or candles then tell them you want to come back at another time when those are not going. Usually there is a reason & it could be that they are trying to hide an odor. It could be pet urine odors or it could just be that they like a smell and nothing they are hiding, but it’s good to just be on the safe side. We also have clients pay us to go into the home they are looking at to do a carpet & flooring consult. We can find hidden things left “behind” from fur babies. You would want to know before you make an offer on a house if there is something hiding. If they have dirty carpet, hard surfaces, etc. then that makes you wonder what other maintenance has been put off, such as the air conditioning unit, roof, etc. Its a good idea to hire a home inspector if you are serious about a home.
If there is brand new carpet in an older home then I would ask why they replaced it? If there was pet damage and then ask if they sealed the floor underneath and changed out the carpet pad. Any hidden damage underneath can show up over several months of traffic, which could cost you money later.
The best time to have your carpet, hardwood floors and tile cleaned is before you move in. You don’t want to live on someone else’s dirt! :)