Carpet in rental properties can take a beating; it’s often one of the most high-maintenance parts of a property. And when the carpet looks worn or dirty, it can be a huge eyesore to prospective tenants. But short of replacing it every time tenants move out, how can you help make the carpets last longer in your rental property? It’s not impossible!
Routine Deep Cleanings Help Carpets Last Longer
Having your carpets professionally cleaned on a yearly basis is a great way to help maintain the life of your carpets and many experts recommend doing so, too. This adds a clean and fresh look that regular vacuuming just can’t match. Many leases require tenants to professionally clean the carpets at move-out, but you don’t have to wait till your home is vacant either. If your tenants choose to renew after a year, be sure to discuss having the carpets cleaned with them and schedule a time to have cleaners go out. Not only does this help give your carpets a refreshed look, but it’s a good incentive to your tenants as well!
Stricter Pet Policies
Carpet and pets really don’t pair well. We’re talking pet odor, hair and stains. And when Fido has an accident inside, the smell can often last long after the clean-up. And while you don’t want to restrict pets completely, there are ways to help mitigate pet damage to your carpets. Be sure to communicate with tenants clearly what their responsibilities are and what is expected. And don’t forget to collect an adequate pet deposit to help repair any damage.
Have a Hard-Surface Transition Area
Another tip for long-lasting carpets in your rental is to create a hard-surface barrier against dirt and debris. Consider adding a tile or vinyl landing at main entry ways to help protect the carpets.
Set Expectations with Tenants
It’s no secret that improper spot cleaning when stains do occur can lead to lasting damage. But spills happen. There’s no avoiding them. What you can do, however, is set proper expectations. Spills should be addressed immediately and not left to dry on the carpet. Be sure to discuss this with your tenants. You can even provide them with recommendations for carpet-friendly detergents or leave one for them to use.
Invest in the Right Flooring
Carpet isn’t a great fit for every part of your rental and does best in low-traffic areas, such as bedrooms. Hard surface flooring, such as tile, vinyl, laminate or hardwoods, work best for high-traffic areas, like your living room or entry way, or those prone to moisture, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Investing in the right flooring type for specific areas can make a world of difference and help cut costs in the long run.
While you can’t avoid carpet damage or replacements in your rental property, there are ways to help prolong the life of the ones you’ve got. Be sure to get the most out of your flooring and invest in your rental property!