However thoughtful your tenants and however durable your fittings, every landlord will, at some point, need to replace the flooring in their residential rentals. It can be an expensive and time-consuming job, but if you want to save time and money, installing a carpet that is good value and durable will pay dividends in the long term. Here are some carpet to consider for residential rentals – and a few other things to think about when selecting them.
Berber carpeting has a very low and tight pile and is probably the most common carpet used in residential rentals. Generally made from wool (which is expensive), viscose or polyester, the chief advantage of these shorter-pile carpets is that they show wear and tear less. Additionally, furniture doesn’t leave deep marks on short pile carpets, making this a great option if you rent an unfurnished property. Hardwearing and easy to vacuum, they are a classic option and, when it is made from manmade fibres, this is a great cheap carpet for installing throughout an apartment.
Nylon Plush Pile Carpets
Nylon, plush pile carpets are often thought of as only suitable for bedrooms, however longer piles and synthetic materials have one great selling point; they are easier than short piles to clean with professional steam cleaners. The longer pile means that steam cleaners can get down deep into the carpet, and synthetic fibres such as nylon don’t hold on to odours as much as natural fibres such as wool. This style of carpet is potentially a better option if you have tenants who are generally careful and tidy but who have pets. However, be warned that plush carpeting will readily show furniture depressions, so these will be hard to disguise for future tenants.
Colours and Patterns
Neutral colours are often the landlord’s default, but beige shades will show the dirt more readily than darker colours. Whatever carpet style you go for, consider choosing a multi-coloured or flecked carpet that is neutral but has other shades mixed in and that is perhaps a shade or two darker than classic beige. A carpet containing several colours makes it easier for your tenants to blend their furniture in, and it is less likely to show every smudge and stain. At CCC, we always have a great range of discount carpets and rugs in a huge choice of colours and patterns.
Underlay can often be as vital to the final feel of your carpet as the carpet itself. Don’t scrimp and save here; instead, buy the thickest you can afford, especially if you opt for a lower pile carpet such as a commercial grade Berber. Good padding helps to enhance the feeling of comfort underfoot. If you regularly replace the carpet in your rental, you may be able to reuse your existing underlay in low traffic areas such as bedrooms. This can be a way to stretch your carpet budget without producing a poorer quality finish.
Why not call in and speak to our experienced staff in either of our CCC carpet company Melbourne stores. We have outlets in Bayswater and Blackburn, or call our team for advice and help today on 9761 4256.