As a new landlord, you may be wondering just how important it is to clean the carpets between tenants. With everything you need to do to get a property ready for new tenants, potentially every few months, it’s tempting to skip steps. Giving the carpets attention should not be missed out for various reasons to ensure a clean, inviting home for your new renters.
If you’re waiting for the previous tenants to vacate the property before showing it to new potential renters, then cleaning the carpet increases its appeal. Along with a fresh paint job, freshly cleaned carpets make the house look and feel bright and clean. These factors will bring in a wider choice of potential clients for you to choose from. In contrast, offering a house that feels grubby and dingy will drive the price down and encourage tenants to take less care of it.
Show You Care
Just as you’ll want to attract renters who will take good care of your property, renters want to lease houses that the owner cares for. While the idea is to have long-term tenants, at times, this isn’t possible, meaning you’ll spend more time at the property cleaning for new tenants. Consider investing in cleaning equipment to save on hire fees. If you’re unsure where to start, this review list from Appliance Hunter is a terrific starting point.
As well as encouraging a good landlord/tenant relationship, you’ll prolong the life of the carpets throughout the house. As you have no way of knowing what sort of dirt is tracked in or spilled on the floor by other people, you have no idea what could be damaging the carpets. Thus, by cleaning between tenancies, you have the chance to reset the damage and prolong the life of the carpet. Trapped odors will also be removed, stopping them from leeching into permanent furnishings, preserving them also.
Peace Of Mind
It is the tenant’s responsibility to clean the carpets at the end of their tenancy, whoever they are under no obligation to pay for professional cleaning. If your tenant has cleaned the carpets to a satisfactory level themselves, you may still want to run your cleaner over again before new people move in so you can inspect its condition. Particularly if you have undertaken any painting or other redecoration work in the period between tenancies. Doing so will remove any paint smells and catch any areas that the previous clean missed, giving you peace of mind that you’re handing the property to the new tenants in top condition.
There are various reasons for cleaning carpets in a rental property between tenancies. These reasons are advantageous to you, the landlord, keeping the property in good repair and attracting good quality renters. They’re also beneficial to tenants, who will appreciate a landlord that looks after the property, in turn encouraging them to do the same. You’ll also incur less wear and tear damage, prolonging the carpet’s life, especially when there is regular tenant turnover.