We’ve all been there: a DIY project gone out of hand, a home remodeling undertaking that is too much, or just not enough time to get the new installation in ourselves. There is almost always going to be at least one time that we need a contractor in our life, and for many of us, that is when we undertake the arduous task of putting in new hardwood flooring.
While hardwood flooring can add character and value to any home, and many people are upgrading to this popular flooring product each day, choosing a flooring contractor to put in the new flooring can be as tough as choosing the flooring itself. To make it easier, here are a few tips to consider when choosing a contractor for your project, no matter if you’re looking for a big-time company or a small, local provider.
First, go over your house’s floors and decide where you want hardwood floors installed. Take some measurements so that you know the square footage you will need and get the most accurate quote from the contractors.
2. Take some time to research different types of materials so that you know what flooring options you get to choose from. There are many different hardwood materials, all with varying features and amenities to offer. Make sure to think about how you will decorate the room once the new flooring is installed: new paint, new area rugs, etc.?
3. Google search for local hardwood floor installers and contractors. You can first compare providers online through their Google Reviews, then select a few to get estimate bids from. You can also ask friends and family members for recommendations. Don’t stop with one! Get estimates from at least two or three more installers in order to compare the costs and the time of completion for each quote.
4. Check out the portfolios of the installers and compare past projects and work.
5. Don’t hire the contractor unless they can prove they are licensed, bonded and insured.
6. Be sure you receive a copy of a contract for the job from the installer.
7. Review the contract and double check that it highlights and addresses concerns or questions that you may have. Go over the details!
8. Sign ONLY when you have had time to review, understand, and agree to the contract entirely.
9. Now it’s time to make room for the installation to begin so you can enjoy your new flooring as soon as it is complete!