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Advice on Asking For Hardwood Floors in Rental Apartments

Assisted Living: Hardwood Floors in a Rental

Here's a post from CasaSugar Community member Bryneliz from the Assisted Living group:

"I have been looking for an apartment with my boyfriend and we are on an extremely tight budget. Most of the apartments that are even within our budget all have carpeting! We would LOVE wood floors but aren't sure if asking the landlord to install wood flooring is asking too much? I would even go to the extreme in buying the flooring and installing myself! Do you have any suggestions in terms of apartment hunting, floor décor, or even what is appropriate to ask a landlord? Thanks!"

Continue to read my suggestions for Bryneliz and offer your own!

Hi Bryneliz,

I don't blame you for wanting hardwood floors — they're fabulous!

Installing wood floors is definitely a major expense, and it's unlikely that most landlords would go for it. If you know there are hardwood floors that already exist below the carpeting, some might be willing to tear up the carpeting and restore the floors, especially if the carpet is not in good condition. If the carpet is dated or worn, you could ask your landlord if he or she can replace it with newer carpet, which might suit your tastes better.

If you or your boyfriend are handy and do know how to install the flooring yourself, perhaps your landlord would be willing to purchase the wood. That way there would be little expense on your end. But otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it. It's pretty much a waste to spend that kind of dough on a rental!


Otherwise, I'd recommend finding a large low-pile rug that you like to cover most of the area, or perhaps pick up some Flor carpet tiles.

Hope that helps!

Does anyone else have a decorating dilemma? Be sure to post your questions and photos in the Assisted Living group!

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Kirti14856687 Kirti14856687 3 years
we have wooden flooring on our rental flat, my baby is scrolling on floor n her feet r getting cold , can I ask the owner to fit a carpet on the floor? is it right to ask., we r paying 1400 euro for rent. plz advice.
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
Are you only looking at apartment complexes? They tend to be the places that have carpet. Check out privately owned places, like actually apartment building or houses turned into apartments. They generally have hardwood floors. I prefer hardwood myself as I have a cat who likes to throw up everywhere.
ashleydawn ashleydawn 6 years
If you want hardwood floors that much, just keep looking until you find a place that you love. My husband and I looked at apartments for about 6 months waiting for something awesome to come along and it did! WE now have a fabulous place because we were patient and did alot of research. However, you have to accept that an apartment is never going to be perfect. Thus the reason why people get fed up and buy a place of their own, so they can re-finish and decorate according to their own style. Either find a place you can live with for now and save up for a place of your own, or just stick it out and wait for something better to come along.
theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 6 years
new york law says that a certain percentage of the floors in your apt must be covered by carpeting--other states may have similar standards, so that could be a reason you see so many carpeted units. that said, you never know what you can get if you ask... talk to your potential landlords and ask what they'll do for you. they may have to provide new carpet, especially if it's old and trashy. be sure to ask if they do, and what could be underneath. if you want to do it yourself, discuss it with your potential landlord. i have a landlord right now that allows me to make improvements and either reimburses me or allows me to take it out of the rent. many landlords would be happy to let you do it -- saves them the time and trouble and makes the unit more marketable in the future. but don't do it unless you're getting some kind of compensation from your landlord.
flyinggrip flyinggrip 6 years
Most apartment buildings install carpeting to reduce noise and hard flooring like wood and tile has to be kept to a minimum.
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 6 years
I have to agree with the previous posts. I can't imagine a landlord saying yes, even if you do it yourself, because while you would take good care of the flooring, the next tenants may trash it. Save your $ and when you get your own home get the flooring that makes you happiest~
Asche Asche 6 years
A) No landlord is going to install hardwood flooring for you, no matter how sweetly you ask. There is a reason property owners install carpeting on rentals. It's cheap, wears well, and easy to clean. B) DO NOT be silly and install hardwood floors into something you're renting!!! If you're as low on cash as you say, then this is a ridiculous thing to spend money on. And, as runningesq pointed out, you'd simply be improving someone else's investment.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
Seriously, if you're on such a tight budget, I can't imagine you have an extra few thousand laying around to improve someone else's investment. If you do, take that few thousand, put it in the bank, grow it, then buy a place in a year or two!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I would even go to the extreme in buying the flooring and installing myself! Waste. of. Money. You are paying to improve someone else's investment. And I would be shocked if a landlord would go to the expense of re doing the flooring for a tenant's preferenec. Like skigirl said -- wait until you own !!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
Sometimes you don't get what you want in your first place. You may have to wait and keep the dream alive til you can buy your own and spend the money on the flooring you really want!
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