As a dog owner, but not a home owner, I have always been leery of carpeted apartments and homes. My two dogs, Siberian Huskies, are mischievous and energetic, and carpet always seems to be a problem with them. Huskies by their very nature like to dig and chew, and carpet presents all kinds of opportunities for them to do both. Chewing on carpet and “digging” it up by pulling at it with their paws has left me with significant bills and many lost security deposits. While I knew this going into it with these dogs, I underestimated the availability of hardwood flooring in rental units.
Luckily, this is a trend that seems to be reversing. I finally moved into the first place I found in years that had hardwood floors last year, and I have been so much happier. The dogs do not have any carpet to chew on or ruin in any way, and I am more at ease knowing I will get most if not all of my security deposit back. I am trying to move closer to work this next time around, and my lease is almost up so I have started looking at apartments again. The difference is noticeable. Five years ago I could not find a place without carpet in it, and would have to worry about how my dogs would fare crated all day so they did not ruin the carpet.
Now, about half of the units I have looked at have hardwood flooring, which is incredibly promising. It means that there are options out there for me to both live closer to work, keep my dogs, and not have to worry about trying to keep carpet clean or free of odor. Even though my dogs are actually relatively clean because they spend most of their time inside, carpet has the ability to hold onto their hair and their smell in a way that hardwood flooring simply does not, and it makes it so much harder to keep clean and in good condition.
I am looking at three more units this weekend, all within biking distance to work, and two of them have hardwood floors. I am looking at the unit with carpet anyways, but I find it extremely unlikely that it will be worth the effort to live there when there are so many other units available with hardwood flooring. Doing the right thing for me means a better quality of life for my dogs, and not having to worry about them destroying carpet means we spend more time relaxing and happier, and they spend significantly less time in their crates. It is better for all of us, all around, to be able to rent a unit with hardwood floors.
If I owned my own place, it might be a different story to have carpet in there, but I still will likely want to have hardwood floors whenever I am ready to buy my own home someday. There is no point in me paying for carpet then, when I am not interested in paying for it now.