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The Most practical building materials for Landlord by John on July 24, 2018 @11:28

                              
So I've been a landlord for several years now and I need to get an understanding what type of building materials do you guys use and what services do you use when cleaning up your place for a new tenant. I'm finding that carpet is the worst material to use. Here's a few things I'm finding.

1. It seems Shower Surrounds seem to be the best v.s. tile. Tile is higher maint and the tenants never clean the grout etc... Especially if you have a bathtub underneath that needs caulk between the wall the tile, it gets moldy. Seems a one or two piece fiberglass surround will lower the headaches, what are your opinions?

2. Seems the "lay-down" scratch resistant laminates are the way to go. No need to deal with cleaning carpet, smells allergies.

3. In terms of wall paint, what do you guys use. Do you just lay down one color on all the rooms etc. No color differences. What brand. I've been buying Behr eggshell paint and I have a neutral color difference thru most of the house and hallway, but the rooms are all white.

Thanks
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Re: The Most practical building materials for Landlord by Dayna on July 24, 2018 @13:45 [ Reply ]
Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams eggshell; same neutral color in the entire interior.
Re: The Most practical building materials for Landlord by lpadave on July 24, 2018 @15:38 [ Reply ]
tile vs tub surrounds -- tile stands up better, looks classier, commands a bit more in rent and can be carried to spiff up the room.

click down is a good product with fair wear if underlying floor surface is good and properly prepped. I've seen too many lousy installs often done by ''flooring experts'' for top dollar.

SW or BM are good paints with better hide and coverage,...well worth the additional cost. flat for ceilings, egg shell or satin for walls, semi gloss for doors, trim and wet areas. budget jobs are ok with carrying the wall paint to doors, trim and bases,... but be aware, those areas get beat up faster. wet areas always oil primer / 2 coats on new work with two coats latex semi gloss on top. It'll keep the mold calls at bay.

I've been using the sw or bm midrange lines for years and they are consistently good. They both keep changing the formulas and names so it's best to buy from company stores where the staff is product trained and actually knows what it is and is for.

spend the extra money,....touch ups will be smaller, faster, easier
Re: The Most practical building materials for Landlord by lpadave on July 24, 2018 @15:40 [ Reply ]
tile vs tub surrounds -- tile stands up better, looks classier, commands a bit more in rent and can be carried to spiff up the room.

click down is a good product with fair wear if underlying floor surface is good and properly prepped. I've seen too many lousy installs often done by ''flooring experts'' for top dollar.

SW or BM are good paints with better hide and coverage,...well worth the additional cost. flat for ceilings, egg shell or satin for walls, semi gloss for doors, trim and wet areas. budget jobs are ok with carrying the wall paint to doors, trim and bases,... but be aware, those areas get beat up faster. wet areas always oil primer / 2 coats on new work with two coats latex semi gloss on top. It'll keep the mold calls at bay.

I've been using the sw or bm midrange lines for years and they are consistently good. They both keep changing the formulas and names so it's best to buy from company stores where the staff is product trained and actually knows what it is and is for.

spend the extra money,....touch ups will be smaller, faster, easier
Re: The Most practical building materials for Landlord by June on July 24, 2018 @16:04 [ Reply ]
The Shower Surrounds are best for rentals.
#1 Best Floor covering throughout is a light colored "wood grain" Porcelain Tile. They can use area rugs of their choice for their animals to PP on. Grout lines as small as possible.
This is the most indestructible toughest stuff!
#2- would be the Vinyl waterproof (PP + etc.) wood grain, light colored (makes place look larger and light).
#3 would be the "wet proof" Laminates which are so real wood looking.
For Wall Paint: Best choice and sturdy is to use only EXTERIOR GRADE ACRYLIC paint on all interior surfaces. Flat Ceilings, Eggshell Walls and Semi-gloss Trim.

Some T's are so ?@!^@!, the best materials for them is "Steel and Concrete"!

Use the toughest materials you can afford!

Re: The Most practical building materials for Landlord by Wonderly on July 24, 2018 @20:14 [ Reply ]
Fully agree with June. Forget about normal laminate, the waterproof vinyl laminate is the way to go.

I switched to "normal" laminate years ago and I'll never put anymore in. One unattended spill and you'll be ripping the entire room up to repair one section.

I've heard people on other forums rave about Allure but I haven't tried it myself. I may going forward
Re: The Most practical building materials for Landlord by Cherise on July 25, 2018 @12:40 [ Reply ]
I find that even laminate can be not good for certain tenants or their dogs (yes I have had pets eat the floor) until we started using wood flooring, takes a beating no worries about fleas and cleans up nice
Sherwin Williams has an amazing color called "relaxed khaki" I personally got sick of eggshell . We Paint all the rooms the same color with the bathroom, kitchen all ceilings and trim being white. I also make them sign DO NOT PAINT ADDENDUM

Hope this helps

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