For Landlords, Property Managers and Apartment Owners:
10 Ways to Save On Apartment Carpet
Landlords and rental property owners can easily save a fortune on Carpet and Flooring replacements by following the tips, tricks and tidbits revealed by Alan Fletcher - a 30 year carpet and flooring expert.
1. Choose a Carpet that meets your needs and goals.
The carpet you install in your rental unit must be able to endure the normal wear of your typical tenant. You also need to consider the frequency of your current carpet replacements and if you allow pets. Select a lower grade of carpet if you tend to replace it more often due to pet damage or excessive wear.
Choose a better grade carpet if you do not allow pets and your tenants are generally not overly rough on your carpets. The trick to saving money here is to select a grade of carpet with a life expectancy equal to or exceeding the lifestyle and average length of stay of your tenants.
Many factors contribute to this approach, including the average age of your tenants, number of children, average income and occupation, type of pets, etc.
Selecting a better grade carpet can potentially add several years to
the life expectancy of your carpets. It could be well worth the additional
expense if you do not allow pets and your average tenant stays for 5 to10
years. It may be a waste of money if your average tenant turnover were less
than 2 years and you allow pets.
2. Select a Nylon Carpet.
long been the industry standard to charge equal yardage amounts for carpet
and padding. Some flooring retailers or vendors may be reluctant to
negotiate with you regarding this area of potential savings. If this is the
case, simply ask the carpet installers to leave all decent-sized padding
leftovers and your savings will add up quickly. Store this extra padding in
a dry location and use it on a future carpet replacement.
Another less expensive option would be to use a 3/8” inch, 4 to 6-pound, rebond padding. You could enjoy savings of about 50 to 75 cents per yard or more. Ask your flooring provider about your padding options and you may be able to reduce your pad costs significantly.
Most often, the hallways and main traffic areas will show the most
wear and replacing those areas would be a good idea. Padding in other areas
may still be in good condition and you could install the new carpet right
over the top. Prices for new padding may vary from $2.25 to 3.95 per yard so
if you are able to reuse 80 yards of padding, you could be saving anywhere
from $180 to $316 on one apartment unit alone.
6. Select the right pad for the job.
If you allow pets in your rentals it makes good sense to use a less-expensive padding since your chances of reusing the padding are greatly reduced. You could use a less expensive padding and save yourself some money. You might consider using a 3 or 4 pound 3/8”inch, Rebond padding and only spend about a dollar or so per yard.
The overall savings would add up quickly and you won’t lose as much money when the carpet and padding needs to be replaced again in a year or two. On the other hand, if you don’t allow pets, you might want to consider installing a higher quality padding now with plans to reuse it the next time you need to replace your carpets.
Be sure that all old carpet
and padding is removed and the unit is swept clean prior to the installers
arriving to install the new carpet and padding. You may also want to
consider recycling your old padding. Some recycling companies are willing to
haul away your old padding at no charge to you.
8. Maintain Open Communications.
You should also inform them if you are scheduling a floor
replacement in an occupied unit. Be sure your tenant knows of their
responsibilities too. Ask the tenant to be sure to have necessary furniture
moved, have everything off the floor and have kids and pets safely out of
the way. Maintaining good communications will keep your business running
9. Make sure tenants know how to properly care for flooring.
You would be
smart to include tips on carpet stain removal, how to properly clean vinyl
floors, what products you recommend they use, etc. Providing useful
information to your tenants not only makes their life easier but it allows
them to help you by making your flooring last longer. Check with your
flooring provider to obtain proper care and maintenance information on the
flooring materials you currently use.
10. Inspect all new flooring installations.
It is very important to inspect your new carpet right after it has been installed. It only takes a few minutes and could save you time and money. If there are any problems, you need to let your flooring provider know as soon as possible for a quick remedy of the problem.
Make sure the correct carpet style and color has been installed, check for proper installation, and look for any defects in the carpet itself. Early detection of problems is the best way to help avoid delays in renting your units.
If you would like to
know more about what to look for when inspecting carpet installations, you
can print out Free Carpet Installation Inspection Forms at Alan's website: www.Landlordfloors.com
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