Landlords have a lot of tough decisions to make, and one of the biggest concerns is flooring. You want to provide appealing flooring, as this helps generate interest in your rental property; however, you also want a practical flooring solution in your rental property.
When it comes to deciding which style of flooring to add to a room, there are four critical factors to consider:
- Cost and your budget
- The durability of the flooring option
- The form of floor and what is best for your tenant
- The function of your room
When selecting flooring for your rental property, try to remove your style preferences. When it comes to taste and style, it is best to focus on the needs or expectations of your tenant. The other aspects are straightforward, but you still have decisions to make.
When it comes to cost and budget, try to think about long-term issues too. It is easy to see why many landlords opt for the cheapest flooring solution, but this may cause trouble and cost more money in the long-term.
If you are continually upgrading or replacing the flooring, investing in a more durable option may be the best solution. Also, if your floor is cheap and has to be replaced, your tenant will be unhappy, and this may lead to them leaving. It is crucial to choose an affordable flooring solution, but the cheapest option doesn’t always provide the best value for money.
Flooring options to consider for a rental property
There are many options to consider for rental property, and you may need to choose a combination of solutions when preparing your rental accommodation.
Carpets are a traditional option, and there are key benefits to adding a carpet. Carpets are warm and welcoming, often making tenants feel at home. Carpets are an excellent insulator, which helps to retain heat and lowering energy bills. Also, carpets can help to keep noise levels down, which can reduce complaints.
However, carpets trap odours, they may unsettle people with allergies, they can be hard to clean, and when they stain, you often have to replace the whole carpet.
Carpets are great for bedrooms and properties on a higher floor.
Tiled flooring is robust, it is easy to clean, and it is available in a range of colours and styles. However, tiles can be cold, they don’t insulate a property, they often crack easily or can be easily displaced, and they often need to be resealed or polished.
Tiled flooring is suitable for kitchens and bathrooms.
Hardwood flooring is expensive, but it lasts a long time, and it can be refinished or restored. It may scratch or dent more quickly than other floors, and it can be damaged by water and discoloured by sunlight. However, hardwood flooring is flexible concerning where it can be used around the home, so you could complete a rental property with this flooring.
Other options to consider include:
- Affordable laminate flooring can be easily cleaned and is resistant to scratches, but it doesn’t add value, and it has a shorter lifespan than some flooring solutions
- Vinyl is also an inexpensive option which is easy to clean and is water-resistant. It isn’t durable, it can tear without too much pressure, and it is best used in the kitchen or bathroom
- Linoleum flooring is environmentally friendly, affordable and easy to clean, but it isn’t hugely robust.
“At Thomas Morris, we know flooring in rental property sets the tone for the house”, said Thomas Morris Biggleswade Branch Manager Ryan Coyne. “If you want tenants to feel at home, and help them maintain the rental accommodation, the right choice of flooring makes a massive difference.”
Letting your home is stressful, but with the right support, you can make the process easier. Book a valuation at a time that is of suitable to you or alternatively, you can phone our Biggleswade branch, managed by Ryan Coyne by calling us on 01767 310111.