Three factors determine the best flooring for buy-to-let properties: practicality; toughness; and price. Likewise, landlords choosing the best flooring for rental properties should also consider property value; property location; and the type of room being re-floored. Seasoned landlords often argue for the importance of durability. In this way, it may be possible to reduce costs between tenancies, while keeping your property attractive to tenants. At the end of the day, landlords face the following problem: how to make a property attractive to tenants without over-spending on refurbishments.
Stick to Pragmatism
Whether you fully renovate your BTL, or you do the bare minimum, wise landlords always strive for pragmatism. In other words, once you’ve found the property that will attract your chosen tenant demographic, refurbishments should aim to please your tenants while offering durability and value for money. In order to so, firstly consider the kind of tenants you aim to attract. Properties pitched at higher-end tenants require higher-end fixtures and fittings. In contrast, those pitched at the middle and lower-end of the scale can take a more budget approach. Secondly, consider the room(s) to be refurbished. Flooring should match the function of a room. Make appropriate choices for bathrooms versus hallways, and bedrooms versus kitchens.
So What is the Best Flooring for Buy-To-Let Properties?
There a number of excellent flooring options for landlords. In particular:
- Engineered Hardwood
We discussed carpet, harwood and laminate in a previous post. Therefore, here we’ll focus on engineered hardwood, vinyl and tile.
Engineered hardwood flooring offers the easy installation of laminate and the look of wooden floors without the cost. Although more expensive than laminate, the real-wood veneer of engineered hardwood ensures a more sophisticated look, greater durability and more noise-absorption than laminate.
Vinyl flooring is making a come-back. Unlike its 20th century counterpart, modern vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of styles. Coupled with great resilience and affordability, vinyl flooring can create some stunning designs. Great for wetter areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, vinyl can offer a style and durability. However, vinyl can be prone to nips and damage and is unlikely to increase the value of your investment.
The ultimate in waterproof and easy to clean, tile is an outstanding choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Likewise, high traffic areas such as hallways can be kept looking great with tile underfoot. While robust, tile is expensive to install and repair and can be off-putting to tenants in cooler climates.
What is Best for Flooring for Your Buy-to-Let Property?
You know what is best for your investment. When choosing the best flooring for buy-to-let properties, consider your budget, target tenants, the value of your property, what room(s) you’re refurbishing, and above all, what’s most practical in the longer-term. For those considering refurbishing existing wooden floors or installing engineering flooring, Simply Sanding can help. As premier providers of floor sanding Essex, we’re passionate about a job done right. We’re always happy to consult on a free, no-obligation basis. Contact us today!