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Getting Rid of the Carpet in Your Conroe Rental Home

Conroe Living Room with Vinyl FloorsThere are only a few rental property owners who enjoy replacing the carpet in their Conroe rental home every few years. Have you considered getting rid of the carpet in your rental altogether? Nowadays, more rental property owners are choosing hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall carpeting for their properties. If this seems unusual to you, the following reasons might make you consider getting rid of carpet altogether like many other Conroe rental property owners and their tenants.

Reason #1: Cleanliness

If your rental home has a carpet, it can be hard to keep 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. Bad smells easily cling to carpet fibers especially when the carpet doesn’t get a regular and proper cleaning. It can also be costly for tenants to hire out carpet cleaning services or they cannot afford to spend the required time to do a thorough cleaning themselves.

In contrast, hard-surface flooring, such as laminate or tile, is a breeze to clean. These types of flooring can be scrubbed clean in a short time and as often as the tenant likes to eliminate any 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

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. Even small plumbing issues can lead to flooding in a rental house, and wet carpets are sure to become a serious problem. Soaked carpets should be pulled up, and the sub-flooring, pad, and carpeting dried out thoroughly to avoid dangerous mold growth. If drying the carpet isn’t possible, it will need to be replaced. If a flooding situation isn’t dealt with promptly and effectively, you could endanger your residents’ health and set yourself up for serious liability.

Most hard-surface flooring– with the exception of hardwood– are often easier to deal with in flooding situations. Most laminates and vinyl are very water-resistant when properly installed and can be efficiently dried out. With this, you no longer have to spend on expensive restoration services or flooring replacement, just focus on clean-up!

Reason #3: Longevity

Carpets usually have a five-year life span before they need to be replaced. 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. The old carpeting is unsightly and dangerous at the same time. 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 tends to have better longevity. Despite all the ways a tenant could potentially damage a hard-surface floor, most tile or laminate flooring should last you a good ten to twenty years or more. At nearly the same cost as carpet, laminate flooring does not need frequent replacement and could be a far 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. If you want your rental to have a more modern look, you can install laminate flooring instead of carpet in the main living areas. Compared to carpet, which tenants cannot change, hard-surface flooring allows tenants to add rugs or another decor 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.

Given all the benefits of hard-surface flooring, it is no wonder why some rental property owners are opting for it instead of carpet! Would you like more information about how to design beautiful, durable rental home interiors that tenants will love while saving you money? Give the Real Property Management Republic a call at 281-362-5001. Our team of Conroe property managers works with rental property owners like you to lower your maintenance and repairs costs without making your rental home any less appealing for tenants.

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