A good quality landlords building insurance policy might provide you with a lot of peace of mind, but there are some things that it can't help you with. One of those is choosing fixtures and fittings that will help make your property attractive to tenants - and within this very wide area, choosing an appropriate carpet. This can be a very time-consuming decision.

For a landlord, there are three things a carpet must be: attractive to the largest number of people possible, durable and easy to clean. Of course, cost comes into it to a degree, but as many landlords have found, cutting corners on carpets can lead to far more expensive costs in the future, such as early onset wear and tear - and fading.

Magnolia, the landlord's favourite. Used on walls and as a carpet colour choice right across the UK - and probably the developed world. But is it right for your property? True, magnolia tends to be an innocuous colour selection, but it does tend to show the dirt rather well. If you do choose a magnolia or light-coloured carpet, ensure it is of good quality and can be cleaned easily.

Alternatively, you may choose a more dirt-concealing shade, though the dirt will eventually be apparent here too.

If easily-cleaned, inoffensively coloured carpets aren't your thing, then you can opt for the equally confusing world of tiles and wood flooring, the subject for a later blog.