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Can't afford new carpet...

We are moving to NY from southern California in a month. We want to rent out the house using a property management company, since we don't feel comfortable doing it on our own, being all the way across the country. However, we were told that we needed to replace the carpet in the whole house and redo our backyard before a management company would even show it. We have gotten started on cleaning up the yard but carpet is really, really expensive and we just cannot afford it. The carpet was pretty nasty when we moved in, we had professionally cleaned but the stains just came back. I am at a loss as to what to do now. We can't get a loan because our credit is pretty shoddy at the moment. A move in itself is crazy stressful but all of this is just giving me an ulcer!

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Asked by IMaTAPSgirl at 1:36 PM on Jun. 6, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • You can get really, really cheap carpet at a Home Depot or Menards.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 1:37 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • What sort of flooring is underneath? Could you tear up the old carpet? It's no fun to do, but you can do it yourself.

    Answer by SWasson at 2:24 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • It's just concrete underneath

    Comment by IMaTAPSgirl (original poster) at 3:46 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • If YOU remove the carpet, that saves on labor. And you can get extremely cheap carpet with the cheapest padding for a rental. Otherwise, just have it professionally cleaned. I've walked into rental houses that were managed by realty offices that had nasty carpet in them that they promised to clean but not replace.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 4:09 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • I think maybe you want to shop around for a rental management company that is willing to handle your property without the new carpet.

    Answer by SWasson at 5:24 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

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