(BPT) – When it comes to giving your home a fresh, new look, few projects are as transformative as a flooring installation. Whether you’re tired of that old carpet or seeking to enhance your living spaces, the journey to a new floor can be both exciting and daunting. To ensure your floor remodeling project meets your expectations, follow these five essential steps:
1. Select the Best Flooring Type
What’s the best flooring? The perfect flooring type suits your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. With a wide array of flooring materials available, the decision can be overwhelming. From the warmth of hardwood to the practicality of laminate, each type has its unique advantages and drawbacks.
In a recent survey by Modernize Home Services, most homeowners — 16% of total respondents — planning a flooring remodel project in the next 12 months intend to choose laminate. It’s a top choice for many due to laminate floor durability and affordability. Hardwood and tile floors were tied closely behind with 15% each.
To make an informed choice, explore Modernize’s comprehensive guide to flooring types. This resource, available at no cost, offers a clear summary of various flooring types and includes a helpful quiz to assist homeowners in making the perfect selection.
2. Research the Cost of Flooring Installation
One of the most crucial aspects of planning a flooring project is understanding the cost involved. The expenses can vary based on factors like your location and the specific flooring materials you choose. So, it’s essential to research local flooring installation costs to set a realistic budget for your project.
To gain a better understanding of the cost of flooring installation, read Modernize’s guide to flooring costs.
3. Identify Skilled Contractors for Flooring
Selecting the right contractor for your flooring project is as vital as choosing the flooring material. A skilled and experienced professional can make a big difference in the quality of the installation. Look for contractors who specialize in flooring projects and have a solid track record of successful installations.
Ask family and friends for recommendations and use an online contractor matching service, such as Modernize.com, to connect with experienced professionals in your area. Review floor remodeling professionals’ business profiles, such as this overview of Empire Today, to understand a flooring contractor’s experience and expertise before requesting a quote for your project.
4. Order Flooring Materials
Once you’ve chosen the best flooring type and identified a reliable contractor, it’s time to order the necessary materials. Depending on the flooring type you’ve selected, the required materials can vary. Work closely with your floor remodeling contractor to ensure all materials are ordered before your planned installation so that your project stays on schedule and is completed in a timely manner.
5. Prepare the Space for Installation
As you prepare for a new flooring installation, get your space ready. This involves clearing the area of any obstructions that might hinder the process.
While contractors typically handle moving large furniture, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to pick up toys, shoes and small items from the floors. Additionally, items like standing lamps, decor and other smaller items should be moved to allow for a seamless installation process.
Flooring Renovation Return on Investment (ROI)
All flooring projects can potentially increase your home’s value, particularly when installing hardwood, tile or good-quality carpet. Modernize explains how to approach calculating the return on your flooring project and advises homeowners to maximize flooring renovation ROI by upgrading strategically, choosing materials that best balance aesthetics and value, and selecting neutral flooring colors that complement any decor style.
Enhancing the beauty and value of your home has never been more accessible. Learn more about how new floors can be a valuable investment on Modernize.com: Calculating the Return on your Flooring Project.