Hopefully you have it in the budget to do a vinyl plank flooring. I put it in my powder room and at my entry and plan on doing it in my dining room, kitchen and two other bathrooms. Looks good, is sustainable and should last about 25 years. Since the carpet is that old and others have complained about it, I would replace it. If you put carpet in there again, it's not going to wear well for the next 20+ years worth of tenants. Spend the money now to get new tenants in there with the nice floors along with the updates you plan on doing. Well wishes!
Originally posted by @Brian Washburn :
I just bought my first rental in Omaha, NE. It's a 3BR 1BA with 1900sqft. I'm putting about $6k into renovations, including rebuilding the bathroom from scratch and new kitchen vinyl floors. The house has about 1000sqft of gross carpet that is probably from the late 80s.
A couple people have looked at the house and asked me if I am replacing the carpets. Our plan was to spend our money on the updates we are doing, and replace the carpets in a couple years using cash from rent.
Should we stick to our plan and wait a couple years to update the carpet, or spend and extra grand on carpets now?
Sounds like you should do one of the following:
1) Become "Pet Friendly" and leave the old carpet
2) Leave the carpet and drop the rent
3) Put in new carpet and leave the rent or even try to get a little more since everything will now look "fresh"
I don't like carpet at all! renters will dirty it and or destroy it over time. cost of doing business I guess. but I personally like tile. Had a house rented for 5 years and did not have to do a thing.. of course it is more expensive but far more doable. Especially is you are planning on renting to pet owners. it's about ongoing costs and neighborhood.
Carpet is nasty! Unless it is new and limited to a bedroom, I will rip that stuff out lickety-split. Carpet-loving tenants can get an area rug.
Mine as well and I happen to like the cold floor in the mornings. Kinda like a shot of espresso.
Hey all! Some good thoughts on this. I currently have 3 rentals all grade B-C in Anderson, IN (Just North of Indianapolis off of new 3 lane highway). Looking to do carpet in a few of the rooms. I've been told by another seasoned landlord to just install carpet WITHOUT PAD. Would anyone recommend that? Cost would be about half the cost (with just carpet). Just not sure, if the carpet would wear faster, effectively offsetting the cost of the upfront savings.
@Marty Bauer - No negatives with replacing carpet with vinyl planks that we use, besides the slight additional cost upfront. With vinyl planks, the floor doesn't need to be even.
Originally posted by @Marty Bauer :
@SamLucio these look great
Eliminate the carpet, I would use laminate or vinyl plank. Can't comment for sure on the vinyl plank but in my experience within reason if your subfloor has a consistent slope (but not uneven) laminate will work fine. If subfloor is uneven you will need to level in some way...how you do that depends on how bad
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