Tag Archives: Carpet

The Long Hall

Hey there all you tenants, landlords, property owners and property managers. This week on the rant, we’re in it for the long hall. Or the short hall. Any and all halls, really. Those rooms that aren’t rooms, that strange in-between space through which you traverse, navigating your beloved house, apartment, condo or duplex. Hallways are one of the most oft-overlooked areas of a rental property, but they can often be the difference between a cozy home and a hellish nightmare.

Landlords, property owners and property managers, when preparing a property for rent, make sure your hallways are clean and looking as nice as the rooms to which they lead. Hallways, being high-traffic areas, often see quite a bit of wear and tear, including wall scuffs and dirty or scratched floors, and this can be a deterrent to potential tenants looking to rent out your property. One thing to consider when looking at remodeling is the type of flooring in your halls. Carpet is cozy, but more difficult to clean. Wood is nice, but requires some care to keep it looking good for years to come. Think about the type of tenant you want to rent to, and make your choice accordingly.

As a tenant, especially if you’re looking to spruce up your house, apartment, condo or duplex, consider doing something to the hall. Obviously, this will depend on how wide your halls are, and how much space there is to navigate, but even something as simple as a few framed pictures can break the visual monotony of a large white expanse. If you want to get fancy, put in a little table, maybe with a plant on it. Little touches like this are what make a living space feel ‘lived in,’ so to speak.

Also, don’t forget to clean your hallways, especially ones on the first floor that lead to outside doors. These are some of the areas in your rental property most likely to get dirty quick, and also some of the least likely to be cleaned regularly. Do yourself a favor and save on deep cleaning in the long run by keeping your hallway free of dirt and debris that could get tracked into the rest of the house later on.

Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? We’re in it for the long hall: Hometownrant@hometownrent.com

Shoes On, Shoes Off

Hey there all you tenants, landlords, property owners and managers. If you’re like us, you know that there’s two different types of dwellings in this world. That’s right–all houses, apartments, condos, duplexes, lofts and other rental properties fall into one of two categories: shoes on or shoes off. The funny thing is, the category depends not upon the property itself, but on the people who live there. So really there are two types of people in this world. Your in-house footwear regulations say a lot about you and stand for, so this week the Hometown Rant is dedicated to breaking down the difference between the shoe-onners and the shoe-offers.

Landlords and property owners take a bit of a backseat on this one, since it’s nigh-impossible to force tenants, uh, feet, when it comes to what they wear in their own rented home. Still though, you have your own preference, and we’d imagine that most of you fall on the side of the shoes-offers, especially when it comes to preserving the floors in your apartment, house, condo, duplex or loft.

One thing Landlords and Property owners can do to encourage shoes-offers is to put in what’s called a mud-room–basically a dedicated area for donning and shedding shoes and outerwear. Obviously this is only an option if you’re doing remodeling, or if you happen to have a rental property that was built with one in the first place. Still, mud rooms are a great selling point, and also a means of ensuring that it’s easy for tenants to remove their shoes before entering the house. It doesn’t have to be crazy though–the Japanese have a simple, elegant solution to the problem in the Genkan, a recessed area that isn’t a full room but serves as a dirt-trap to keep your home clean.

Tenants, the onus is really on you with this one. You’re going to be living in the house, apartment, condo, duplex or loft, so you’re the ones who have to set the standards for your own domicile. Here at the Rant, we’re shoes-offers, and we’ll recommend it to anyone who wants to retain as much of their security deposit as possible. If your rental property has carpeting, you definitely want to be strict about your no-shoes policiy, since after a certain point no amount of rug-doctoring is going to save your poor trampled floor.

If your house has wood or tile floors, you’re a little safer being a shoes-onner, although you’ll definitely have to clean more. If your shoes-on ideology stems from laziness though, you should weigh the time it takes to remove your footwear against the time you spend cleaning your floors–we’re pretty sure it’s actually more work to not take your shoes off in the long run, so bear that in mind when making your decision. There are upsides to being a shoes-onner–namely not stepping in potential messes and keeping your socks dry, but if you run a clean household, those shouldn’t be problems. The real issue is when you and your roommates fall on different sides of the lines in a battle that has ranged since people started building things to eat and sleep inside. Now you have are take–it’s up to you to search deep within your soul and figure out what it is you stand for.

 Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? Come Kick It: Hometownrant@hometownrent.com

Floorin’ It

Hey there all you tenants, landlords, property owners and managers. We all love lil Jon, but here at the Hometown rant, we feel as though he’s got things a little backwards when he says to the window, to the wall, to the sweat drops down on the floor! We also hope he mops up the sweat drops before they stain the finish. This week we’re covering floors and coverings for floors of all types, in all types of houses, condos, lofts and duplexes.

If you’re a property owner, property manager, or landlord, one of the things you should absolutely pay attention to is the condition of the floors in your rental properties. It’s one of the first things savvy renters will look at when deciding whether or not to rent your house, apartment, duplex or condo. Not only that, but replacing the flooring or even the carpeting is an expensive endeavor.

Different types of floors obviously have different properties and different means and ease of maintenance, so choose wisely, both as a property owner putting in a floor, and as a tenant looking to rent a property. Tile is easy to clean and looks nice but can be expensive to put in or repair. Hardwood is always nice, but it can get scratched by furniture or pets and needs to be re-finished every now and then to prevent stains and such. Carpet is nice on the bare feet, but it soaks up all the dirt that comes into the house, and can get so bad that it has to be ripped up and replaced. Figure out which types of floor are right for you.

Tenants, you’re the ones who are going to be living, walking, sitting, jumping, squatting and/or breakdancing on the floor, so it’s mostly your job to keep them clean and in good condition. This means being careful about shoes on carpet, about dragging furniture across wood, and about cleaning up spills promptly and thoroughly. Invest in a decent vacuum and a mop, especially if you have pets who you’re going to be cleaning up after. The cost for both is probably only a fraction of the security deposit you put down on the place, so think of it like insurance.

Also, while you’re at it, pick up some of this stuff. When I was in college, my roommate came back from a shopping trip with a bottle and I asked him what he was thinking since we didn’t have any pets. His logic was infallible: if it’ll take out piss, he said, it’ll take out anything. He was right. Later that night we used it to get half a glass of red wine out of the carpet.

 Do you have rental questions of your own? Comments? Concerns? Love letters? Hate mail? We can get down:  Hometownrant@hometownrent.com