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Why Removing Carpet is a Smart Move for Your Rental Home

A cozy living room with a couch, coffee table, and hard-surface floors It is necessary to replace the carpet in your West Jordan rental home every few years, though few landlords enjoy it. Have you thought about permanently removing the carpet from your rental instead? Rental property owners are increasingly opting for hard-surface flooring instead of wall-to-wall carpeting. If this suggestion seems drastic, consider these reasons why getting rid of the carpet makes sense for both landlords and tenants.

Carpets may harbor dirt and odor

One of the hardest things about having carpet in a rental home is ensuring it stays clean. Although you may clean the carpets professionally between tenants, they might not take care of them during their tenancy. Should your tenants stay for many years, the carpets may gather dirt and grime for an extended period.

Carpet fibers are infamous for retaining bad smells, especially if not cleaned properly and often. Even if tenants clean the carpet, they likely avoid the cost of hiring someone or the time required to do it themselves.

Conversely, hard-surface flooring like laminate or tile is easy to maintain. This flooring can be scrubbed to shine in minutes and as frequently as tenants wish to avoid unpleasant stains or smells. Unlike carpet, hard-surface flooring is much more hygienic for young children and people with respiratory or health issues.

Avoid soaked carpets in case of a flood

Another reason to get rid of carpets is the trouble of cleaning them after water leaks and floods. Even a small plumbing issue can lead to severe flooding in a rental, and wet carpets can become a big problem.

Wet carpets need to be pulled up, and the subflooring, pad, and carpeting must be dried immediately to prevent dangerous mold growth. If the carpet cannot be dried, it has to be replaced. If a flooding situation isn’t dealt with promptly and properly, you could risk your residents’ health and face severe liability.

Most hard-surface flooring, except natural hardwood, is much easier to handle during a flood. When properly installed, most laminate and vinyl types are highly water-resistant and can be dried efficiently. This means expensive restoration services or flooring replacement won’t be needed, just some focused clean-up.

Hardwood floors have a longer lifespan

It’s common knowledge that carpets should be replaced every five years. Some landlords try to stretch this to seven years or longer—generally to their disadvantage. Most tenants aren’t keen on living with old, worn, or stained carpets. If carpets aren’t regularly replaced, tenants might consider moving out.

Old carpets look unattractive and can be dangerous. As carpets age, tacks can protrude and injure those walking on them. Cheap carpets, in particular, don’t endure more than a few years in rental properties.

Conversely, hard-surface flooring has a significantly longer lifespan. While a tenant can damage a hard-surface floor, most tile or laminate flooring can last ten to twenty years or longer. Laminate flooring costs about the same as carpet but doesn’t require frequent replacement, making it a better choice for rentals.

Ditch the outdated look of carpets

Finally, wall-to-wall carpet can sometimes make a rental property look dated. In newer homes, carpet is often kept to a minimum, perhaps only in bedrooms or not at all.

To update your rental’s appearance, consider installing attractive laminate or tile flooring instead of carpet in the main areas. Unlike carpet, which tenants cannot change, hard-surface flooring allows them to add rugs or other décor items to personalize the space while maintaining cleanliness and longevity.

Modern laminate tile offers a variety of sizes, colors, and patterns, including wood-look tiles that can enhance your rental without the cost and hassle of natural hardwood.

Explore the advantages of hard-surface flooring for rental properties. Contact Real Property Management Wasatch at 801-889-1517 or 435-244-3394 or online for tips on creating cost-effective, appealing interiors that tenants will love. Our property managers in West Jordan specialize in minimizing maintenance costs without compromising tenant appeal.


Originally Published on May 7, 2021

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