I need to replace the floor in a one-story 850 sq ft, 1958 house–no basement, it sits on a concrete slab. I’d like to use one material throughout the whole house. Right now I’m thinking of sheet vinyl, but I was wondering about the suitability/durability/sppeal of linoleum?
Background: My mother signed over this rental house to me a couple of years ago. It’s a house we lived in back in 1964-67. Three bedrooms/one bath. Very plain, basic kind of house. However, it is just inside the boundary line of the most desirable school district in the city. I’ve known people to rent apartments in that school district to establish residency so their kids can go there.
A series of real estate companies has been managing the house forever since my parents left the city in 1972. Needless to say, it has paid for itself many times over. In 1964, they bought it for $13,000. Today the appraised value is an astounding $86,000.
Last week the tenant who had been there for over 10 years just upped and left. No explanation. I’m okay with that-- shit happens. It’s inconvenient for me, but probably not as inconvenient as whatever happened to him to precipitate this move.
I went to the house yesterday and saw the inside for the first time in well over 30 years. Turns out I’ve been a slumlord. I’m embarrassed about that. There was no malicious damage, but the wear and tear has been pretty bad (as one would expect).
The house will need work before it can be rented or sold. I haven’t decided which I’m going to do. I want to fix it up to be presentable. Right now, it’s a dump, basically, and I’m mortified that someone paid me rent to live there. But it has the potential to be a cute mini “mid-century modern” ranch style house (I love that name for the crap we grew up with :rolleyes:).
Back to the floor question. The realtor who has been managing it also manages 95 other rentals and has a crew of people to do stuff. I like this guy a lot and trust him. But I’ve never been involved in anything like a remodel. Everything I know I learned from HGTV. Of course, I come to the Dope, the repository of all important and trivial information on all topics, past, present, and future. I’m not looking to spend the bare minimum to make it livable, but I also don’t want to break the bank.
I will likely be adding to this thread over the next few months as we look at other projects in the house. But my first question is about the flooring. And what other questions should I ask/and answers do I need before deciding?
If there’s any interest, I could post some pictures. Must run at the moment.