Carpet or Wood Flooring in a Rental Property?
As a landlord, you face many difficult decisions when renovating your rental property. One of the most difficult can be what you decide to put down on the floors, due to the costs and time involved. The chances are that you haven’t considered anything other than carpets for your flooring as this may seem more tenant friendly, however a hard floor can be a far better choice for some landlords.
The decision whether to go for a hard floor over carpeting is dependent on many factors, primarily the type of tenants you are aiming your property at. If you are aiming for the top end of the market then solid wood flooring would be a viable option as it likely these potential tenants will have higher expectations and be paying higher rents and deposits to cover any damages.
So, if you need any further convincing, we have put together a list of the benefits of hard flooring over carpets, in conjunction with real wood flooring suppliers French Forest Floors.
Wooden Flooring is Durable
Hard wood flooring is far more durable than traditional carpets, and can therefore withstand much more abuse. Carpets are much more likely to look shabby in far less time than wood floors. Bear in mind that you cannot get compensation for wear and tear and shabby looking carpets usually falls under this.
It’s Cheaper to Replace A Floorboard
It is usually far cheaper to repair wood flooring than carpet, this is because if a small area of carpet is damaged then you have to replace the whole lot. Whereas, with wood flooring you need only replace individual panels.
Carpets Can Get Grubby
Carpets are more likely to trap dirt and need mare regular maintenance than wood floors, which only need an occasional mop with special cleaners to stay looking fresh. This is a positive for the tenants as it reduces their cleaning time.
Wood flooring reduces the risk of uncovering really clean patches of carpet next to the grimy exposed parts when one of your tenants moves out. This looks awful when showing prospective tenants around and can be used a tool for bargaining by the tenants.
It can be argued that you are able to avoid any problems with carpets by buying premium, long-lasting brands. However, these are usually far more expensive per m2 and are susceptible to the same problems as normal carpets with regard to staining and repair.
Hopefully these points will help you decide what’s right for you, and you make the right decision for your rental property.
As Natalie French from French Forest Floors says “We have had landlords buy wooden floors from us in the past, their properties have been aimed specifically at the high end of the market and they’ve been more than happy with their choices.”