Thursday, 3 October 2013 10:44:13 AM
On a new investment property build, Stepping Stone as buyer's agents recommend ceramic tiles 300/300 (mm) to the Kitchen, Dinning and Hall. Then Solution Dyed Nylon carpet to the Lounge and Bedrooms. The upside of this is all of the carpeted rooms are not connected to other carpeted areas. This lets you change the carpet in one room with out having to change it all or have a mismatch area looking so obvious.
The best carpet I believe (having carpeted over 100 rental rooms) is "Solution Dyed Nylon". It stays cleaner, It stands up for years longer then Poly-prop and other fibres. Wool the best for your own home if you look after it, but SDN is the best for rentals.
A good foam underlay in important too. You wont need to change the underlay for 15 years and the SDN carpet will steam clean better then anything else and look like new every time .
Don't buy Loop Pile, Pattens or light colours. Because they damage far more easily and you can't fix them, aim for a Twist Pile and darker then a coffee stain is a good idea too. Most if not all stains will come off of SDN with a steam clean. I have carefully trimmed burn marks out of SND carpet with a pair of scissors and left the carpet in for another 5 years.
Tenants LOVE carpet in bedrooms and it makes the house feel more live-able for them.
Vinyl planks and ceramic vinyl tiles are great too in kitchens and hallways if you are retro fitting flooring. You will need to have the plank flooring stripped and recoated every 3-5 years between tenants, this is no big deal. Try not to lay vinyl planks in the sun if you can help it, they can fade, but not badly. Vinyl planks are really, really durable. Even when planks are old they look better then sheet vinyl flooring. Vinyl ceramic tiles are really great too, but can be a bit pricey.
I have laid timber laminated in 10 units (7 years ago) and it is rubbish in a rental situation and timber floating or solid timber goes in category as the woollen carpet, great but not in a rental. Just too hard to look after.
I hope this helps. I work as a buyer's agent if you have any questions I am always happy to help.
Mark Coburn m:0405 243 547 e:firstname.lastname@example.org