Buy-to-let carpeting advice

Carpets should be a good choice for buy-to-let properties, but there is some advice you should follow to ensure this.

Firstly, it’s not a good idea to lay the cheapest carpet you can find, as they will not last long and may need replacing between lets. Cheap carpets can last between three and five years, whereas a better quality one can last between eight and ten years. When making business plans for buy-to-let properties, factor in the cost of replacing carpets at the end of their life.

Avoid light coloured carpets that easily show stains. Wool carpets look good and have a luxury feel, but can easily stain. Stain-resistant carpeting is a better choice.

Carpets are not suitable for high-moisture areas such as bathrooms. They can be installed in kitchens, but it is better to use laminates or vinyl, which are easier to clean.

If carpets are in rooms that have doors leading to the outside, put a moisture-absorbent mat at the doorway to soak up mud and water drips from people coming in from rainy weather.

If underfloor heating is installed in the rented property, be sure to buy a carpet that is rated for underfloor heating use.

When tenants leave, expect normal wear and tear. Have the carpets professionally cleaned ready for new tenants. If the carpet has been damaged or has had excessive wear, you can charge the leaving tenants for the damage.

Carpet tiles are worth considering. If you buy a few extra tiles, they can be used to replace any damaged or stained areas without needing to replace the whole carpet.

Carpets are good for bedrooms, but many landlords prefer laminates or vinyl for living areas because they are easy to clean and do not stain. Tenants can always add rugs if they wish to make rooms feel homely.