When we moved into our house 7+ years ago, it was immaculate. The previous owners were an older couple whose kids were grown and gone. This was primarily reflected in the fact that the entry and main level of the house were carpeted in a lovely ivory-colored carpeting. As nice as that carpet looked when we moved in, we knew right away that it was totally NOT practical for a family with a boatload of kids and a dog.
We were correct.
Over the subsequent years, the lovely ivory carpeting has turned darker and darker, more spotted, etc. The first to go was the carpet in the foyer...who carpets their foyer anyway? Especially in Minnesota! It turned nasty quite quickly and was replace by some beautiful tile.
Next to go was the carpeted hallway, mostly because it was gross-dirty and I knew there were hardwood floors under the carpeting.