Renting Your Home? Install the Right Flooring That Attracts Renters and Boosts Your Home’s ROI Until It’s Time to Sell!

Posted on March 24th, 2018 by Nastazsa Lin Cabrera

If you think cheap flooring and new carpet will last post-lease, think again! When upgrading your rental property’s flooring, it’s critical that you consider a few factors to attract the right renter at the right price while increasing the long-term value of your home. The key to increasing the resale value of your home while renting, however, is to protect your investment while in the hands of a renter who lacks the same level of attachment as you.

Why Do We Rent Our Homes?

Real estate has always been one of the better investments you can make, especially if you know when/where to buy and when to sell. So, until it’s the right time to sell, many homeowners will lease or rent their second home or property to offset mortgage costs until they’re ready to put it on the market.

Flooring Options That Will Garner Interest from Potential Renters or Lessees

In order to attract renters or lessees, there’s a simple rule of thumb to follow: upgrade your rental home with tile or flooring that would also attract you. The difference is – you’re shopping for tile or flooring that doesn’t have to meet the expectations that your dream home would have. With any rental, you want something aesthetically-pleasing and durable. Durability is as important as beauty because renters do not have the same level of care or concern for your property. By purchasing something durable, your investment will withstand the short-term wear and tear of a renter while maintaining the long-term ROI that prompted you to make the home upgrade in the first place.

Below are some tile flooring choices that are beautiful and durable as well as affordable:

  • Porcelain: Porcelain is as versatile as it gets these days because you know you’re getting something durable as well as easy on the eyes. Furthermore, you can buy porcelain that is designed to look like just about anything else, whether it’s rich hardwood floor or any of the luxurious natural stones listed below.

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(Turin Series 8×32 Porcelain Wood-Look tiles (left) and Monte Carlo 12×24 Matte Porcelain tiles available at Stone Tile Liquidators)

  • Travertine: Travertine is a natural stone that offers both beauty and durability despite its natural porosity. However, it presents you with many options that are ideal for any room in your rental home.

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(Tuscany Chateaux Travertine Versailles Pattern (left) and Silver Travertine 3″ Hexagon Mosaic available at Stone Tile Liquidators)

  • Slate: Slate is another natural stone that offers pleasing aesthetics and toughness (without a steep price-tag). While you’ll have to seal slate on occasion, it still fits the criteria that rental property owners and lessees want.

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(Montauk Black 12×12 Gauged Slate tiles (left) and Multi Classic 12×12 Gauged Slate tiles available at Stone Tile Liquidators)

  • Any Natural Stone: While certain natural stones can be quite pricey, you can’t go wrong, whether it’s quartzite, granite or marble. The beauty of natural stone lies within its exotic and one-of-a-kind designs and patterns. Not one piece is like the other (they’re kind of like snowflakes in that sense), and you can bet your neighbor won’t have the exact same batch as you do! Shop the right stores, especially online stores with proven reputations, and you’ll likely find a great natural stone tile supply that will surprise you in terms of price.

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(Crema Marfil Premium Polished 24×24 Marble tiles (left) and Ostrich Grey Gauged 12×24 Quartzite tiles available at Stone Tile Liquidators)

  • Bamboo, Concrete, Laminate, Solid Hardwood Flooring are additional options that fit the criteria above to varying degrees. However, each has its disadvantages that porcelain, travertine or any natural stone simply do not have. Some of these options do not work on a room-by-room basis either. So, it’s wise to apply the same material throughout the entire home, allowing you or your renters to utilize rugs as well as furniture of their choice.

(*Note: As some of the pictured products above are new and have not yet been uploaded to our website, we suggest calling in at 1.877.770.TILE to learn more about them!*)

Despite the agreements that you may have with most renters or lessees, no one will protect your investment to the degree that you will. That’s why you have to take the necessary steps to not only attract a worthy lessee but to protect your property from that very lessee.  

Do not take any chances with your home prior to its rental period; tile it with a flooring material like porcelain that you know will withstand any variable or element. Plus, it’s easy-to-clean so it’ll be showroom ready once you’re ready to sell. In real estate, one should always be ready and a smart flooring purchase will allow that, both short-term and long-term.


If you have questions about our store’s extensive selection of natural stone tilenatural stone slabsporcelain tileglass tile and mosaic tilecall Stone Tile Liquidators: 1.877.770.TILE or contact us via email.

If you’re located in Northern Virginia, visit our Fairfax, VA tile showroom and shop our affordable natural stone tiles and slabs as well as our marble, porcelain, glass and mosaic tile selection. Receive expert advice from our friendly staff as our showroom pricing is exactly the same as our online store. You’ll even save on shipping costs when applicable!