I've always lived in houses that had hardwood floors. Although they can be noisy, it was a lot easier to clean and we didn't have to worry about stains and other sorts of things. Out here it seems they like to carpet everything, including kitchens and bathrooms. The house we're buying even has a carpeted porch, which I think is totally bizarre, but at least the kitchen and bathrooms there are free of it. I'm not exactly enthused that there doesn't seem to be an easy way to redo the floors upstairs, so the carpet will have to stay. I know that I'm going to end up buying a lot of spot stain remover since they decided to choose light colors for each room. That part I'm not so thrilled with. At least we will have bigger rooms and hopefully we can contain the big messes to the lower level.