Recommended Renovations for
Whether you're renovating your
rental property to get a higher rent, or your property is in dire need of
repair, here are some tips on what type of flooring, paint and appliances
Every Landlord has their own
opinion on what type of flooring is best, but the one thing that most
Landlords agree on is that carpet, while it can be the most economical
choice, will often give you the most headaches. Why? Carpet stains and
odors are notoriously difficult to remove. A
tenantís pet, cigarette smoke and food
odors will be absorbed into carpets and padding and will permeate
the air in the rental unit,
as well as the sub-flooring below.
vinyl tiles are a first choice of many
for bathrooms, kitchens, and sometimes even the entire unit. They
are inexpensive, easy to install and easy to replace. Some
Landlords prefer commercial-grade tiles over the less-costly home
variety because they hold up better.
Hardwoods floors are a huge hit with
Tenants. They look great and add value to your rental
property. If you do have hardwood floors, make sure you advertise
that fact! But what about caring for them? For homes that are
lived in for years, itís not as big an issue as it is for
rental units that might have
furniture moved in and out every 12 months. Some floor refinishers will
recommend a harder topcoat if you inform them itís a
rental unit. Still,
Tenants find ways to scratch and
gouge the floors. You can always have Tenants sign an addendum to their
Tenancy Agreement stating they will use
floor protectors under their furniture.
Laminate flooring is popular in many homes. It's durable and
resistant to scuffs and scratching, but is no good at handing spilled
water. Laminate floors can't be
mopped with wet mops like tile or linoleum, they must only be damp mopped.
Any excess liquid on the floor (too wet of a mop, spilled drink, plumbing
problem, etc.) means a warped and ruined floor. If you decide to
install laminate flooring, just be careful where you place it. It's
definitely NOT recommended for kitchen or bathroom flooring.
Prior to painting, wipe any
grease off the walls and patch up scratches, dents or holes. Choose
a one-colour, light and neutral theme for the entire home and in every
rental property. In doing so, you can use the same paint in any unit, at
any time, over and over again. This makes repairs and touch-ups very
simple to accomplish and not having
to store and lug around various colours of paint for sprucing up rental
properties is a major plus.
Use eggshell or semi-gloss sheen on the walls and ceilings because it
allows for easy wash up, as opposed to trying to wash off something on a
wall painted with a flat sheen.
Make sure to purchase newer
appliances, but do not get top of the line or complicated appliances. Go
for the cheaper middle of the line basic appliances. They are much easier
to operate, and have less features to break. Also, repair costs will be
cheaper in the long run if the appliances are not complicated by many
types of features that may need repair later on.
► Use neutral and soft colours
► Having long-term Tenants is
always easier on paint and flooring.
► Save money by purchasing used
yet higher quality appliances. Check online classifieds such as
Kijiji for really good deals.
► Lay a piece of linoleum in
under kitchen and bathroom sinks. It will protect the cupboard from
stains and water damage.
What Does The Law Say About Renovating a
Under the BC Residential
Tenancy Act, you can give your Tenant a
Two Month Notice to End Tenancy for Landlord's Use
of Property. Please note
that your Tenant can dispute this notice if they feel you are unfairly
In addition, you must pay your
Tenant an amount equal to one monthís rent. And if you do not take
steps toward the purpose for which the Notice to End Tenancy was given for
at least 6 months after the effective date of the Notice, you may end up
paying the Tenant an additional amount equal to double the monthly rent.
For more information, read the
BC Residential Tenancy Guide.
Financial Programs for Renovations
CMHC Rental RRAP
Financial assistance for mandatory repairs
to self-contained units occupied by low-income tenants.
Home Adaptations for Seniors
Financial assistance for minor home
adaptations to help low-income seniors.