Choosing the right type of flooring is
an important aspect of property management. The wood flooring in your Baltimore rental property will be there for
many years to come. If it cannot stand up to the various tenants moving
in and out of the rental, then it may not be the right choice. Here are
a few considerations to keep in mind as you choose your rental’s
Think About Wear and Tear
A rental property is probably going to see a variety of tenants who will
treat the hardwood flooring in a variety of ways. Unless you want property
management to keep the property under constant surveillance, you should
pick out a flooring choice that will stand up to almost any wear and tear.
Not all hardwoods are created equal—for example, hickory and maple
are harder and more durable than oak and walnut. Any of these hardwood
species are great as a flooring choice, but some might be better for a
rental property that may or may not be treated well.
Don’t Forget Daily Upkeep and Maintenance
As with any property flooring choice, you need to consider how easily the
tenants will be able to maintain it. If the hardwood requires extensive
maintenance and upkeep, then it is likely that tenants may not keep it
clean. In addition to a strong hardwood, look for flooring that does not
require difficult or expensive upkeep. Many options will look great with
some simple regular sweeping and light mopping.
Consider the Décor Options
Even with several different stain options, there are a limited amount
of colors that hardwood flooring comes in. For rental properties that
will typically see several types of personalities and preferences, hardwood
flooring should be kept in light browns, tans, and reds. Less common colors,
like pewter or charcoal, may put some tenants off. You should also consider
the placement of hardwood flooring in relation to sun coming through windows.
This may cause premature fading, especially in darker woods.