There are several things to look at when you put carpet into a rental unit: 1)Cost, 2)wearability and 3)likelihood of needing to replace due to misuse by tenants. Keep in mind that tenants MIGHT give a different level of care and cleanliness to the unit you are renting to them than you expect.
Many experienced landlords choose a moderate grade of carpet (read less expensive) that requires minimal care, has a good wearability rating(nylon or similar fiber), and subtle pattern that will hide minor stains.
Hopefully your new tenants will take good care of it and it will look good for many years. However, if a future tenant misuses it, you won't feel so bad about replacing a less expensive floor covering.
Good luck. Hope that helps
In any areas that you can, consider putting down tile. (Foyer, hallway, dining room, etc.) With any luck, when those tenants move out, all you'll have to do is clean the tile to get ready for the new tenants, or to sell.
Hope that helps.
I am in 100% agreement with an inexpensive ceramic tile all the way! Neutral colors are great,. Be careful you don't go too light on the grout lines, light colors make it hard to keep clean. Go a bit darker.
You can accept pets and kids with tile. When the tenant leaves, their area rugs go with them! No mess, no smell and no headaches!
I have been buying single family rental homes of my own since 1996. When the carpet is finally shot, it goes out and we go with all ceramic tile.
Here in Florida we are fortunate that some of the older homes have terrazzo floors. If there is terrazzo under the carpet, better yet, minimal cost to buff them up to a beautiful shine. And all natural! No ceramic tile needed!
Cheaper utility costs- keeps the home cool in the summer!
As a landlord, make your life as streamlined as possible to avoid aggravations in the future! You don't want to be changing carpeting out every couple of years - it kills your cash flow! And it's a headache dealing with the tenant over the security deposit!
Best of luck to you,
Sandy Shores, Realtor
M & M Real Estate Inc
Residential & Investment
Florida's Space Coast