Very little is more exciting for homeowners than envisioning what the room or rooms in their house will look like after new flooring has been picked out and installed. Anticipation only grows with every day closer to the installation date! Whether you have professional installers to handle the job or plan to do the installation yourself, proper preparation will help ensure beautiful finished results. Here are some flooring-specific tips on how to prepare your home for installation:

Wait, back up. While you are still at your flooring retailer, it is always a good idea to ask if they have professional flooring installers on staff. And if not, ask them for recommendations on independent installers in your local vicinity. In many cases, your retailer can help with the details of arranging the installation. Be sure to ask about additional fees and any installation costs for services such as old flooring removal and disposal as well as moving larger furniture pieces. Okay, got those answers? Time to prepare your home for the big day!

Preparing for Flooring Installation: You certainly don’t want to cut corners when preparing for your new flooring to be installed. If anything, you will need to pay extra attention to detail beforehand. In addition to moving furniture, you will need to remove all fragile items such as vases, lamps, collectibles and heirlooms. Detach and store wiring from TVs, speaker sound systems and computers as well as clear all desktops, tabletops, bookshelves, tops of dressers and closet floors. It’s also a good idea to remove all sheets, blankets and bedspreads from beds. Lastly, vacuum the old carpet or clean hard surface flooring thoroughly before your installers arrive. This will minimize airborne dust and particles.

If you’re installing hardwood, laminate or vinyl flooring, you will need to plan for the flooring to be delivered to your home 48 hours in advance so the floors can acclimate to the space. Follow the temperature and humidity guidelines recommended for your hard surface flooring as well to ensure the best results.

When it comes to the actual installation, it’s worth the investment to hire a qualified installation expert. Here are a few things you can expect them to take care of for you.

  • Fixing any subfloor irregularities before installation.
  • Examining your new flooring for damage or defects before installation.
  • If the installation involves the use of grout and adhesives, they’ll make sure all surfaces are clean, smooth and completely dry.
  • Ensuring the installation area is structurally sound and free of wax, soap scum and grease.
  • Removing moldings, trim or appliances as necessary.
  • Checking door jambs to make sure the flooring has clearance once the installation is complete.

An old adage states that “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” and this certainly holds true for flooring installation and other home projects as well. Use these guidelines to help your flooring installation turn out the way you always dreamed about- flawless and fabulous.

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