Thank you, wise women. Your comments are a humongous help.
One more day. One more day and I will have made the decision. I have a few more places to see in the morning. In the house in question, the carpet is brand new, and whether they would give me permission to ever rip it out, along with making a few more improvements (like you guys suggested) will be the deciding factor.
I'm excited to be so close to having a new place! Who's coming over?