by JMZ Property Management
on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 1:09pm.
If you're debating a change in the floor of your rental
units and investment property, give it careful consideration before making a
move. It shouldn't simply be a matter of
which is easier for you or the tenants to maintain.
Ideally, if you're working with a property manager in
Michigan, the general maintenance is included anyhow so maintenance shouldn't
necessarily be an issue. Let's look at
the pros of adding hard wood floors into your rental space.
Perks of Wood Floors
1. The most obvious perk is already mentioned. Wood floors are typically easier to maintain
and clean, and have a longer durability and life that most carpets designed for
2. Hardwood enhances the overall image of the home which
could help it rent and sell faster down the road. You might not command a lot more money for
the hardwood, but you'll be competing with other quality homes
3. A well-kept hardwood floor tells renters that you're
serious about taking care of the property.
In turn, they will believe that you will continue to do so while they
Cons of Wood Floors
1. The most important point in making an argument against
hard wood floors is the lack of durability for many woods. Moisture and moving furniture around on the
surface can quickly show the signs of wear - especially in heavily trafficked
areas. The cost to restore it after a
bad tenants could be excessive. On the
upside, if it's regularly maintained it has the longest life over other types
2. Wood is nosier.
Simply put. With carpet, the
fibers and texture of carpet absorb a lot of the sound. With wood floors, thouse sound waves
reverberate and add to the noise level in rooms.
3. Cost is a big factor to consider unless you have existing
hardwood beneath your carpets. Even on a
smaller rental you can expect to pay a hefty chunk of change to get hardwood
4. Moisture can severely damage hardwood floors. This can occur with big spills, improper
maintenance, leaving pipes or moisture coming up from a cement slab.
Pros of Carpeting
1. Carpet is plus, and if you get a decent pile then it will
feel great on barefeet. A good neutral
carpet can go with just about any type of décor as well.
2. Unlike some wood floors, carpeting can make a room look a
lot more warm and inviting. Think of
locations that would be far less comfortable if they had no carpet; Dr's,
clinics, businesses, etc. Carpet makes
everything feel more comfortable.
3. Depending on the type of carpet you get, the actual cost
could be far less than installing hardwood floors. This really varies based on the materials
used but it's possible to get a long lasting carpet for a fraction of hardwood
Cons of Carpeting
1. While cheaper carpeting may be easier to install, you may
have to replace that carpet more frequently or need more maintenance beyond a
simple deep cleaning each time you replace a tenant. While a property manager in Michigan can help
keep that carpet looking in top shop, it's not going to stay plush forever
2. Trends often change on a dime, so certain styles that are
appealing to renters and even buyers may not be popular or even appreciated
when it comes time for a new tenant.
Having the wrong kind of flooring in your home can be a serious turn off
There are numerous flooring options outside of hardwood
floors and carpeting, and if you're really interested in changing over the look
and style of your rentals these may be more suited to your needs. If you're not sure what type of flooring is
the most appropriate, contact your Michigan property manager today to discuss