Even when they know that replacing the carpet in their Alpharetta rental home every few years is a necessary expense, few rental property owners enjoy it. So, why not think about getting rid of your rental’s carpet altogether? Through the years, an increasing number of rental property owners are choosing to forego wall-to-wall carpeting and choosing hard-surface flooring in their properties instead. This might be a bit extreme for some but there are some good points about getting rid of carpet that make many Alpharetta rental property owners and tenants seriously consider this option.
Reason #1: Cleanliness
One challenge that comes with having a carpet in a rental home is keeping it clean. It is easy to have carpets professionally cleaned between tenants, but the tenants may not do it themselves. If you have long-term tenants, that could mean those carpets have collected years’ worth of dirt and dust. Carpet fibers easily hold onto bad smells especially if the carpet does not get a proper and regular cleaning. And if your tenant does have the carpet cleaned, they probably don’t enjoy the extra cost of paying someone to do it or the time they have to put in if they do it by themselves.
It is far easier to clean hard-surface flooring like laminate or tile. Scrubbing these types of flooring clean can take only a few minutes and the tenants can do it as often as they want to prevent stains or 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
One more reason to give up carpet for good is the hassle of cleaning up carpets that become soaked because of water leaks and floods. Even small plumbing issues can lead to flooding in a rental house, and wet carpets are sure to become a serious problem. To avoid mold growth underneath, you must pull up soaked carpets and thoroughly dry out the sub-flooring, pad, and carpeting. If drying the carpet isn’t possible, it will need to be replaced. Flooding situations that are not dealt with promptly and correctly can put residents’ health at risk and expose them to serious liability.
Most hard-surface flooring– with the exception of hardwood– are often easier to deal with in flooding situations. When laminate and vinyl are installed properly, they are very water-resistant and can be dried out easily. You can eliminate the need for expensive restoration services or flooring replacement!
Reason #3: Longevity
Carpets don’t need to be replaced before five years of use. Some landlords stretch that out to seven years or more only to find out that it comes with disadvantages. The average resident would not like living with threadbare or heavily stained carpets and will likely leave a rental if the carpet isn’t replaced within ideal timelines. Aside from just looking bad, old carpeting is also often dangerous. As the carpet ages, the carpet tack starts to emerge and can cause possible injury. Cheap carpet usually does not last more than a couple of years in rental properties.
Hard-surface flooring has way more longevity. Given the ways a tenant could potentially damage a hard-surface floor, most tile or laminate flooring lasts at least ten to twenty years. Laminate flooring costs just as much as carpet but since it doesn’t need frequent replacement, it can be a better option for rental properties.
Reason #4: Modern Look
Finally, wall-to-wall carpeting can sometimes make a rental property’s interior look outdated. Newer homes usually have carpets only in the bedrooms or not at all. Attractive laminate flooring or tile, instead of carpet, in the main living areas, gives your rental a more modern look. Compared to carpet, which tenants cannot change, hard-surface flooring allows tenants to add rugs or other decors without worrying about any damage. Since laminate tile comes in many sizes, colors, and patterns, including wood-look tiles, you can even upgrade your rental without the price tag and hassle of real hardwood.
The benefits of hard-surface flooring are making many rental property owners choose to 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 Executives Greater Atlanta a call at 678-504-8580. Our team of Alpharetta property managers works with rental property owners like you to lower your maintenance and repair costs without making your rental home any less appealing for tenants.
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