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  • Refurbishment

    Carpets

    Hello, me again!

    I've got my flooring sorted out for kitchen and bathroom and I'm not skimping on that, as they're hard-wearing areas and because tenants can be a bit uncaring about other people's property I'm mitigating against water damage etc by putting down Karndean flooring in those area.  It's expensive, but it's a choice I've made.

    However.  The rest of the house is going to be carpeted and I've been quoted £19 per square metre for hard wearing bleachable Gainsborough carpet.

    I think that's high.  Do any of you have any recommendations for carpeting that you regularly use?  I'm thinking that the carpets will have to be replaced with each change of residency or at least every few years or so, and I'm not keen on forking out £2K a time...

    I reckon I can do it for half that, but would it be a false economy?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

    Carol

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    I would not want to be paying more than around £5 sqm for carpet. The last time i carpeted a house i measured up myself and ordered it off ebay, then got a carpet fitter round to fit it. Cost me about £500 altogether to do a 2 bed house.


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    we get carpets cleaned (if necessary) at end of ast which is much cheaper than renewing.  unless your tenants have vandalised the carpets you shouldnt need to renew... we renew every 10 years approx. with mid-range.  the v thin cheap stuff is a false economy.

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    Thanks.  I don't mind paying for good quality if it can be cleaned and will last - as you say, cheap is a false economy.  But £19 a square metre seems OTT to me.

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    there is cheap at 2.99 sqm which maybe will last 2 years max. Then there is not too bad quality at around £5 sqm which should get you at least 3/4 years maybe longer. £19 a sqm is ridiculous unless you are renting very high end property.

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    Hi up and over about £5 m2 can be a waste. You want carpet hardwearing enough to withstand heavy use but above that you're risking getting expensive carpet stained with tenants everyday use. The best way I found to get decent carpet fitted cheap is to go to one of the big stores and pay in one property to get a cheap carpet fitted. When the fitter turns up get chatting to him and get his number. Hey presto he will fit future carpets for you considerably cheaper, have access to wholesale carpet suppliers and get a discount from the store he works for.

    10 years ago I did just this with Carpet right. They pay their fitters a really low rate per job so they all work privately on their days off. The fitter is now the only guy I use. He has a cheap rate is very reliable because he wants repeat work. He can get reasonable quality carpet cheap and a 35% discount on any carpet I use from the store he works for. He also chucks in underlay and gripper for free. He says most of the guys he knows do the same

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    That would work great for me if I was local, but unfortunately, I'm not.  I might ask my builder if he knows a carpet fitter though...he seems to know 'a guy' who can do everything. :-)

    Carol

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    I contacted Carpetright, and they were a bit rubbish.  I'm going to visit my local one and see if I can find a carpet there that would suit, then have a word with the one near where the house is and see if I can get more sense out of them.

    Carol

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    Hi I used this Gala carpet with a mid-quality underlay. I used the Rock stripe on landing and stairs and Fieldstone in bedrooms. It's looks smart but it's not too light. It looks very contemporary and modern. House let to graduate young professionals.  http://www.enfieldcarpets.co.uk/gala-carpet-range



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    Thanks for that.  Original carpet lady has come back to me with a revised quote using a cheaper underlay, and information on a carpet that's not quite as expensive as the original Gainsborough we had selected.  I think I'm going to be finding a suitable compromise fairly soon. :-)

    Carol

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    Around £20 sq metre sounds reasonable, as has been said above at this quality they can be cleaned and should last up to circa 10 years.  The carpets in my properties are fairly light in colour and I have them professionally cleaned between tenancies.

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