Having your home remodeled can be exciting and at the same time exhausting since you’ll be planning out everything — what designs to place, what type of flooring to install, which color palette to use, and more. Now speaking of flooring installation, we all know that it can be tough work since it will cover a large portion of the house, especially if you’ll want to have new flooring installed on the majority of your home. That’s why, to avoid any hassles and added work, it’s important to prepare your home before the day of installation. So how do you do that? Scroll through this article and you’ll learn more because we’ll be listing down tips to help you prepare your home for flooring installation.
1. Make a Clear Path
Making a clear path out of the area where the flooring installation will happen is a must for seamless installation. You’ll need to remove furniture pieces and other valuable items that can potentially incur damage during the installation process. Aside from that, do away with any electronics, appliances, and cords that can be of some hazard to the installers. Doing this helps speed up the process and allows the installers to work better without any impediments along the way.
2. Finish Other Remodeling Projects
All other repairs and repaints in your home need to be done before the day of the installation. You may be opting to have your flooring installation as the first step in remodeling your home, but it’s best to make it the last step or at least one of the last steps. This aids in the prevention of having your new flooring damaged with sharp objects during repairs or stained during the repainting process.
Although, this will still depend on your contractor as some of them would prefer to have flooring installation done before other remodeling projects in the house while others suggest that it should be done after. It will depend on your preferences as well.
3. Have Your Old Flooring Removed
It’s important to have your floor readied by having your old flooring removed before the day of installation. Consult flooring experts first when you have your old flooring removed so they can assess what method to apply in removing your type of flooring as well as the materials to be used. See to it that you really do seek an expert’s advice on this so you can avoid spending insignificantly.
4. Designate a Working Area
Designating a working area for installers where they can place materials and equipment for the installation will be a huge help. Flooring installation involves the use of equipment so space is essential to be able to work at an ideal pace.
5. Make Sure Furniture and Existing Flooring are Safe
If you have existing flooring that you don’t want to be removed, it’s best to keep it safe during the new flooring installation. Installers will be walking in and out of the house and stepping on existing flooring with dirt, mud, and debris on their footwear, so it’s a must that you cover them with durable materials that can serve as a layer of protection while the installation is on-going. The same goes with furniture pieces; see to it that they are properly covered, especially if the flooring will be sanded.
6. Consider Door Adjustments
Consider door adjustments when you’re having new flooring installed because there may be a rise in floor height. This will also depend on the type of flooring used. Hardwood, particularly, gives a rise in floor height so baseboards may need to be removed. Your door may also need to be trimmed and shaved for it to be able to open. We also recommend consulting with your flooring installers if your door will need adjustments. In the event that it does need to be adjusted, it’s best to contact a professional door cutter to do the necessary processes before the day of flooring installation.
7. Talk To Your Installers
Whether it’s your first time getting new flooring installed or not, it’s important to talk to your installers regarding concerns or requests that you may have, so that they can be addressed properly before the flooring installation starts.
8. Mark Your Calendar
Once the schedule for flooring installation is set, be sure that you’re home that day or if you won’t be available, have someone at home to oversee the installation process and show the installers their working area.