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Hiring a Flooring Installer

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Hiring a flooring installer is a very important part of your project if you have decided you do not want to do it yourself. Although laminate flooring is one of the most DIY-friendly flooring options on the market, not everyone feels comfortable with installing it without a pro and that is completely understandable.

But don’t worry! Bestlaminate is here with the top 5 tips to help hire a flooring installer.

What Is Your Time Frame?

Does your project need to be completed by a certain time? Are you rushing? If you are constrained by time, an installer is a great way to expedite the process. Make sure you address your desire to have the project completed in a timely fashion. It never hurts to have a contract with your time deadline in writing. An experienced laminate flooring installer will have your new flooring installed in the blink of an eye.

Do You Know Your Installer?

It is often difficult to trust someone you do not know with such an important project. Especially if you have no recommendations for your installer, the decision is made very stressful. Sometimes it is helpful to have your potential installer come to your home to assess the project, so you can get familiar and comfortable with who will be installing your floor.

What Is Your Budget?

Anytime you can do a home project yourself, you will save money. If money is an issue, it may be worth your time and effort to install your laminate flooring yourself. Before you sign on the dotted line with a laminate flooring installer, find out if it is more affordable for your to purchase the materials, or if the flooring installer can get you a contractorʼs price. Keep in mind that when it comes to laminate flooring installations, it is extremely important to have a clean, level floor. If your laminate flooring installer finds your sub-flooring is not level, you may have some extra costs. Be prepared and educate yourself, your pocketbook will thank you!

Can You Do The Prep Work Yourself?

Are you physically able to prepare your room for the laminate flooring installation process? Think about it – furniture must be moved, and any old carpet must be torn out and removed. If you know these two things are out of your realm, it is probably a good idea to hire someone to install your laminate flooring. Your knees, as well as your body, will get a workout if you choose to install your laminate flooring yourself. If you know you can not physically do it yourself, hire an installer.

Ask For Recommendations

If you know of someone who has laminate flooring that looks great, ask them who installed their new floor. It never hurts to seek out reputable laminate flooring installers from your friends and family. If they tell you they did it themselves, maybe you want to hire them!

Installing laminate flooring should not be a stressful experience. If you want your laminate flooring project to be a success, find a reputable installer, get to know the installer before they actually install the floor, know your own physical capabilities, set a budget, and make sure everyone involved in the installation process knows your time constraints.

Once you have thought of the whole process of installing laminate flooring, you will have taken the first step. You will have educated yourself and have more knowledge about installing laminate flooring. Remember, any home improvement project takes time. Once you decided to hire a professional; you can kick back, drink a cup of coffee and watch your home be transformed in front of your eyes! When laminate flooring is installed by a professional, you and your family will be able to enjoy your laminate flooring for years in the future.

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Zoe Campos November 4, 2020 - 7:23 am

It really helped when you said that hiring an expert can speed up the process of installing laminate flooring. We’re trying to install this before the end of the month and we’re not sure if we can squeeze it into our schedule. It would be better to follow your advice and hire a professional for the job.

Vanessa November 5, 2020 - 12:25 pm

Hi Zoe! Yes, hiring a flooring specialist will speed up the process for projects with a time frame. Good luck on your project!

Rebecca Gardner March 17, 2020 - 2:22 pm

I like your suggestion to have the installer come to our home for an assessment so we can make sure we feel comfortable with them tackling the project. My husband and I want to have maple hardwood floors installed in the dining room of the fixer-upper home we purchased two weeks ago. Thanks for sharing these tips we can use to help everything go smoothly as we start working with a flooring company!

charles walk March 10, 2020 - 5:10 pm

We want to get our floors refinished before we put our home up for sale next month, and it will be important for us to be able to rely on who we would choose to hire. I think that it will be helpful to consider your tip to get a deadline for the project in writing from a contractor. When I look for a contractor, I will be sure to consider when they would be able to finish the project, and get it in writing.

Alana Kane March 17, 2020 - 10:17 am

Great, glad it could help!

Carly Mckeen September 11, 2019 - 11:36 am

Thank you for stating that if you don’t have a lot of time, it’s a good idea to hire an installer to make the process go faster. Most of the flooring in my house has carpet, and it’s gotten to the point where it is so old and stained that I want to replace it all with hardwood floor. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when hiring a hardwood flooring installer to install new floors in my house.

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