"I have been looking for an apartment with my boyfriend and we are on an extremely tight budget. Most of the apartments that are even within our budget all have carpeting! We would LOVE wood floors but aren't sure if asking the landlord to install wood flooring is asking too much? I would even go to the extreme in buying the flooring and installing myself! Do you have any suggestions in terms of apartment hunting, floor décor, or even what is appropriate to ask a landlord? Thanks!"
Continue to read my suggestions for Bryneliz and offer your own!
I don't blame you for wanting hardwood floors — they're fabulous!
Installing wood floors is definitely a major expense, and it's unlikely that most landlords would go for it. If you know there are hardwood floors that already exist below the carpeting, some might be willing to tear up the carpeting and restore the floors, especially if the carpet is not in good condition. If the carpet is dated or worn, you could ask your landlord if he or she can replace it with newer carpet, which might suit your tastes better.
If you or your boyfriend are handy and do know how to install the flooring yourself, perhaps your landlord would be willing to purchase the wood. That way there would be little expense on your end. But otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it. It's pretty much a waste to spend that kind of dough on a rental!
Otherwise, I'd recommend finding a large low-pile rug that you like to cover most of the area, or perhaps pick up some Flor carpet tiles.
Hope that helps!