Choosing the best flooring for your buy-to-let property

Posted on 14th May 2014

Buy-to-let properties need special flooring considerations

Buy-to-let properties need special flooring considerations

When deciding on the flooring for a buy-to-let property, there are multiple factors to consider. It needs to be durable and easy to maintain, whilst also being attractive enough to entice buyers.

Flooring types

Whilst the flooring type that you choose is entirely up to you, we can advise you on what flooring to avoid. Cheap, fake wooden flooring is a big no-no. Although this may look nice at first, water spillage and tenant wear-and-tear will soon warp it, making it appear ugly and uncared for. If you really want wooden flooring, use solid real wood. When using wood flooring, if you’re mindful about its durability to wear-and-tear, be sure to ask about the Janka hardness test. Ideally, you’ll also want to put down washable flooring wherever you can.

For those on a budget, carpet is the obvious choice, but carpet is difficult to maintain compared to other flooring types. Depending upon the type of people you plan to let to, it may work out more cost effective to choose something else, like a laminate. Clumsy children spilling juice onto laminate is much more preferable than the carpet alternative. Still, laminate is not fully waterproof so all spills should be dealt with as soon as possible. Laminate is also another alternative to real wood as it can visually resemble real wood flooring whilst also being resistant to scratches and stains.

Aesthetics

Stick to neautral colours and decor

Stick to neautral colours and decor

Keep in mind that these floors are for your future letters, not necessarily for you, so try to avoid personal taste. The colours and design of the flooring should be kept light and neutral to appeal to the majority.

Building type

The type of building that you are planning to let also impacts upon the type of flooring that you should choose, especially if there will be multiple people within it. If you’re letting a house to multiple families on different levels of the house, then perhaps you’d want to stay away from using wood or other echoing flooring types. However, these can be countered by using good sound insulation if you are adamant on using wood.

Tenants

Consider the type of tenant you will be renting to

Consider the type of tenant you will be renting to

Who are you hoping to take on as tenants? Families will have different ideals than students, and so you will need to think about the type of person that you’re appealing to and what sort of flooring that they may desire or need.

Room type

Of course, when it comes to flooring in any property, one type does not fit all. Some rooms might require their own specific flooring types. Tile and linoleum are used in bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms because of their water resistance. Unlike linoleum, most tiles are also stain-resistant. Tile flooring is also very adaptable, meaning there are various ways of installing them, allowing creativity.

Whatever you choose, enjoy the adventure that is furnishing a buy-to-let property. If ever you’re in doubt, we at Russdales are always happy to help and can provide a professional to aid in choosing the flooring that is best for your exact circumstances and specifications.

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