The Pros And Cons Of Using Laminate Countertops For Rental Properties

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The Pros And Cons Of Using Laminate Countertops For Rental Properties

1 January 2015
 Categories: Real Estate, Blog


When you own several properties and are leasing them out, you want to be sure that they look nice. At the same time, you do not want to throw away your budget. A good way to give the kitchens in your properties a new look is to install laminate countertops. Here are the pros and cons of laminate countertops.

Advantages

Laminate countertops are surprisingly durable. The countertops are able to take a lot of wear and tear. This translates to more use out of your countertops and more money in your pocket. 

The countertops are also cost-effective. Compared to other types of countertops, such as granite, laminate is extremely affordable. Depending on the number of rental properties you have, you could possibly outfit all of them with laminate countertops for a small fraction of what you would pay for granite. 

Laminate countertops have undergone a dramatic change in recent years. Instead of the plain countertops that were available in the past, you can now find countertops with a wide range of designs. You can even find laminate countertops that look like real natural stones. 

One of the best advantages to installing laminate countertops in your rental properties is that they are easy to maintain. You do not have to worry about educating your tenants on how to care for them. Common household cleaners can keep your countertops in good condition.

Disadvantages

Even though there are a lot of great advantages to installing laminate countertops, there are a few disadvantages. Unlike natural stones, laminate can be cut if a knife is ran across it. Ensure that tenants know to use a cutting board when chopping food items on the countertop.

If you are thinking of selling one or all of your properties in the future, laminate countertops can be a tough sell to potential homebuyers. Home buyers today tend to favor natural stones. 

Laminate countertops do have a weakness that can have an impact on how well they hold up. They do not respond well to heat. The countertops can crack and scorch when exposed to heat. To limit the possibility of this happening, you can ensure tenants know not to place heated items on the countertop.

There are many different ways you can make your rental properties more appealing to your current and potential tenants. Installing laminate countertops can help your properties stand out, which is especially important if you have older properties. 

Talk to a company like Hard Rock Developments to learn more about your countertop choices for your rental properties.