You have made the decision for new flooring and after learning about the best way to choose your new floor you are now ready to install. However, take note that allowing the store where you purchased your flooring to install it can cost you an extra 40%! You also have no idea who is coming to your house, if they have done quality work and if they will treat your home with respect.
Follow our tips and expert advice on choosing your flooring installer and enjoy, tremendous savings, peace of mind, and have confidence that your flooring installation will be done correctly without costly surprises.
Rule #1 Make No Assumptions
When choosing your installer proceed with perseverance and patience. Interview at least three installers and pay attention to when they show up. If they are on time, there is a good chance that they will be for your installation. If they are late, this is a red flag that they cannot manage or plan their time. Your time is valuable, and they need to be considerate of that.
Get references and ask them to show you their work with pictures. Quality installers have this information available and ready, and they take pride showing their craftsmanship and transformations.
Ask questions! They are there to serve you and to make sure you are 100% comfortable with thier work and experience. Ask how long they have been in business and what flooring do they specialize in among others.
When you have decided what installer you are choosing and agreed upon the price, make sure it is in a formal agreement that is signed by both you and the installer. This helps to protect both of you.
Rule #2 The Contract Details
Within the contract, you need to ensure all the particulars of the job are clearly spelled out. Make sure that the following items are defined:
- Who will pick up the flooring material
- When will the work start and be completed
- Go over contingencies for a scratched wall, go over time overruns and any problems that may arise after the install
- Who is going to move the furniture (Installers often charge extra for this)
- Who is going to take out the old flooring (Installers often charge extra for this)
- How much surface prep will need to take place
- What direction is the flooring going to be laid
- Will there be new baseboard installation
- What are the transition areas
- What are the finish gloss levels for hardwood
- What are the grout colors for tile and who is responsible for sealing it
- Who is going to clean up and haul off the old flooring (Installers often charge extra for this)
Rule #3 The Details of Installation
Make sure the flooring has had plenty of time to acclimate to the climate where it is being installed. A good rule of thumb is 72 hours. Please ensure that it acclimates in the room where it is being installed. It does no good to have flooring acclimating in a garage that is 105 degrees or 40 degrees, and the room it is being installed in is 76 degrees. If a floor is not acclimated to the installed environment, it cannot be installed correctly no matter how perfect the installer is.
Please make sure all items are out of the way in the rooms where the flooring is being installed as well as areas where the installer will be moving materials and their crew through.
Installation of flooring is a dusty and messy business. Change your HVAC filters at least once after install. It is better to change them once before install and once after. Dust can wreak havoc on HVAC systems.
Finally take before and after pictures of you project so you can show to family, friends and have wonderful memories of a project well done. Most importantly, take pride in knowing you did your homework and chose an installer that you thoroughly vetted and left nothing to chance.
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