Ever run into budget problems when you are trying to get your rental ready for the next tenants and consider used carpet? Veteran landlord and property manager Hank Rossi, who is both a rental property owner, landlord and property manager himself, takes on this question and others from landlords and property managers around the country about their rentals

Dear Landlord Hank:

Are there ever situations when you are doing a rehab on a tight budget that you could find used carpet anywhere? Any experience finding used carpet for a rental unit?

-Mary

Dear Landlady Mary,

I’m a big believer in rehabbing with used materials.

I buy new only when I can’t find good used materials that still look great and function properly.

Good used quality carpet can save a ton of money.

I’ve found carpet before that was put into a home for a sale. The new owners wanted a different flooring and removed and sold all the new carpeting that had been put in.

So your carpet installer cuts it to fit and, viola, you have wonderful carpeting at a great price.

Depending on the size of your space, you may be able to find a remnant that fits, from a carpet store or installer.

I look on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and call dealers in my area.

If you do buy used carpeting make sure you unroll it so you can see all of it.

The first time I bought used carpeting I took the rolls to the job site and unrolled for installation and was dismayed to find glue on top of the carpeting in some areas.

Those areas had to be cut out and patched at more expense to me. So look over well what you are buying.

Sincerely,

Hank Rossi

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