Changing your Gonzales rental home’s carpet has to be done every few years, but a few rental property owners enjoy it. But have you ever thought of just removing the carpet for good? More rental owners are foregoing wall-to-wall carpeting for hard-surface flooring in their rentals instead. If this seems unusual to you, the following reasons might make you consider getting rid of carpet altogether like many other Gonzales rental property owners and their tenants.
Reason #1: Cleanliness
Anyone who has a carpet in their rental home knows the difficulty of keeping it clean. You may be able to have the carpets professionally cleaned between tenants, but the tenants themselves may not be up to the task. Having long-term tenants also mean that those carpets have been collecting dirt and other things for years. Carpet fibers are very good at absorbing bad smells especially when the carpet does not get cleaned properly and regularly. Your tenants may have the carpet cleaned but it is likely that they do not enjoy the expense of getting someone to do it or the time they have to spend doing it themselves.
In contrast, hard-surface flooring, such as laminate or tile, is a breeze to clean. These kinds of flooring can be scrubbed clean in a short time and as often as the tenant desires to ensure that there are no stains or bad smells. Unlike carpet, hard-surface flooring is also far more sanitary for young children and individuals with respiratory or other health issues.
Reason #2: Flooding
Water leaks and floods are the banes of carpets. The hassle of cleaning up soaked carpets can be a good enough reason to get rid of it altogether. When you live in a rental house, even a small plumbing issue can lead to serious flooding, and once carpets are wet, they can become a major problem. Soaked carpets, including the sub-flooring, pad, and carpeting need to be dried out thoroughly to avoid dangerous mold growth underneath. If drying the carpet becomes impossible, you have to replace it. Flooding situations have to be dealt with promptly and correctly if you do not want to put your residents’ health at risk and expose yourself to serious liability.
Other than real hardwood, most hard-surface flooring material can withstand a flooding situation. When properly installed, most laminates and vinyl are very water-resistant and can dry out efficiently. With this, you no longer have to spend on expensive restoration services or flooring replacement, just focus on clean-up!
Reason #3: Longevity
It is common practice to replace carpets every five years or so. Some landlords try to stretch that out to seven years or more — usually with bad results. Residents rarely like living on top of threadbare carpets and will often leave a rental if the carpet shows signs of poor upkeep. The old carpeting is often dangerous as well. Old carpets become too thin to the point that carpet tack starts to emerge from underneath and cause injury. Cheap carpet also doesn’t last long under rental property conditions.
Hard-surface flooring tends to have better longevity. Even with all the possible ways a tenant could damage a hard-surface flooring, most tile or laminate flooring lasts around ten to twenty years or even more. Laminate flooring costs about the same as carpet, but you do not need to replace it as often, making it a better choice for rental properties.
Reason #4: Modern Look
Finally, wall-to-wall carpeting can sometimes make a rental property’s interior look outdated. These days, most homes don’t have carpets or may have a small one in the bedroom only. A laminate flooring instead of carpet in the main living areas will give your rental a more modern look. Hard-surface flooring also gives your tenant the option to add rugs or customized decor without having to worry about damaging the carpet. Modern laminate tiles come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and patterns including wood-look tiles that allow you to easily upgrade your rental’s look without the cost and hassle of real hardwood.
All these benefits of hard-surface flooring make more rental property owners leave carpet behind for good! Would you like more information about how to design beautiful, durable rental home interiors that tenants will love while saving you money? Give Real Property Management Baton Rouge a call at 225-389-6860. Our team of Gonzales property managers works with rental property owners like you to lower your maintenance and repairs costs without making your rental any less appealing for tenants.
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