A couple furnishing questions

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I'm picking out the furnishings of my first rental and I've received some mixed feedback from other investors on a few items. I'd love to hear more inputs from others here:

Property will rent for ~$1100-$1200/mo in an A-area. Demographic is working middle-class families.

Two bathrooms. One in the hallway and one in the Master. 

The hallway bath isn't terribly big -- maybe 45-55 Sq Ft.

 I've heard mixed feedback on whether to use a pedestal sink (to save space) or to use a vanity that has additional storage below the basin. I see merits for both and would be curious to hear what other experienced landlords think would do better from a renter's appeal?

Would you tile the shower or use an insert/kit? The cost difference is negligible for me and I see benefits to both. On one hand, the tiling is more visually appealing, but it might be more vulnerable to dirt grime. 

Originally posted by @Alex Huang :

I'm picking out the furnishings of my first rental and I've received some mixed feedback from other investors on a few items. I'd love to hear more inputs from others here:

Property will rent for ~$1100-$1200/mo in an A-area. Demographic is working middle-class families.

Two bathrooms. One in the hallway and one in the Master. 

The hallway bath isn't terribly big -- maybe 45-55 Sq Ft.

 I've heard mixed feedback on whether to use a pedestal sink (to save space) or to use a vanity that has additional storage below the basin. I see merits for both and would be curious to hear what other experienced landlords think would do better from a renter's appeal?

Would you tile the shower or use an insert/kit? The cost difference is negligible for me and I see benefits to both. On one hand, the tiling is more visually appealing, but it might be more vulnerable to dirt grime. 

For an A-Grade area I would use tile & provide them the sink with the storage.

James Wise, Real Estate Agent in OH (#2015001161)
216-661-6633

Tile.

Large tiles = fewer grout lines
Darker grout doesn’t show stains.

Throw in some accent tile to make it look high end.

Any links for some suggested tile layouts / designs?

Pedestal sinks are for powder rooms (only bathroom and sink, no shower or tub).  If you have a used bathroom, which from your description, you do, then you need a vanity with a decent sized countertop (for hair and makeup tools) and storage below.

Tile over kit.  Every time.

Here are some examples of what I have done recently.

You may want to consider a tile wall behind your vanity as well for an upscale look instead of a traditional backsplash.  This tile wall went from floor to ceiling and could be seen at different points (the vanity had see through parts below the drawers for storage baskets.  

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