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Getting Rid of the Carpet in Your National Harbor Rental Home

National Harbor Living Room with Vinyl FloorsChanging your National Harbor rental home’s carpet has to be done every few years, but a few rental property owners enjoy it. But have you ever thought of just removing the carpet for good? More rental owners prefer wall-to-wall carpeting for hard-surface flooring instead. If this sounds a bit strange, consider why these National Harbor rental property owners and tenants are thinking of getting rid of carpets because it makes a lot of sense to you.


One challenge that comes with having a carpet in a rental home is keeping it clean. While you may have the carpets professionally cleaned between each tenant, the tenants may need help. Having long-term tenants also mean that those carpets have been collecting dirt and other things for years. Carpet fibers easily hold onto bad smells, especially if the carpet is not cleaned correctly. Your tenants may have the carpet cleaned, but they would likely avoid the expense of getting someone to do it or the time they have to spend doing it themselves.

Laminate, tile, and other hard flooring surfaces are easy to clean. Scrubbing these types of flooring clean can take only a few minutes, and the tenants can do it as often as they want to prevent stains or smells. Unlike carpet, hard-surface flooring is also far more sanitary for young children and individuals with respiratory or other health issues.


Another reason to give up carpets is to save on the hassle of cleaning up carpets that get soaked due to water leaks and floods. A simple plumbing issue can end up causing major flooding in a rental house, and wet carpets can become a severe problem. To avoid mold growth, you must remove soaked carpets and thoroughly dry out the sub-flooring, pad, and carpeting. If drying the carpet isn’t possible, it must be replaced. Flooding situations not dealt with promptly and correctly can put residents’ health at risk and expose them to severe liability.

Most hard-surface flooring (other than natural hardwood) is easier to deal with in flooding situations. When laminate and vinyl are correctly installed, they are water-resistant and can be dried quickly. You can say goodbye to expensive restoration services or flooring replacements!


Carpets can be replaced after five years of use. Nonetheless, some landlords attempt to prolong it to seven years or more, usually with less-than-ideal outcomes. Living on top of soiled carpets is generally disliked by residents, especially if the carpets are worn out and old. Some tenants will vacate the property if the rug isn’t changed as frequently as they would like. Old carpeting is frequently hazardous as well. Old carpets become too thin, allowing carpet tack to start showing through and hurting people. Low-cost carpets only survive a short time in rental properties.

Hardwood floors are more durable. Fr tenants can damage Hard-surface flooring in various ways, although generally speaking, tile and laminate floors last for ten to twenty years or longer.

Modern Look

Finally, wall-to-wall carpeting can sometimes make a rental property’s interior look outdated. Newer homes often keep carpets to a minimum. Some have it in the bedroom, and some have none at all. Instead of carpet, attractive laminate flooring or tile in the main living areas gives your rental a more modern look. Unlike carpet, which a tenant can’t change, hard-surface flooring lets tenants add rugs or decor items without compromising cleanliness or longevity. Modern laminate tiles come in various sizes, colors, and patterns, including wood-look tiles that allow you to easily upgrade your rental’s look without the cost and hassle of natural hardwood.

The benefits of hard-surface flooring are making many rental property owners choose to leave carpet behind for good. Would you like more information about designing beautiful, durable rental home interiors that tenants will love while saving you money? Give Real Property Management Gold a call at 301-392-2172. Our team of National Harbor property managers works with rental property owners like you to lower your maintenance and repair costs without making your rental home any less appealing for tenants.

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