It is time for floor renovation and did some research, crunched numbers, cleared your schedules, find and hired a local flooring installer. You are prepared to purchase the floors and start the flooring installation project.
An experienced flooring installer will lay the floor, but here are some things you can accomplish before they arrive.
Checklist for new flooring installation
Remove breakable items
Along with the furniture or other home décor items that need to be transferred, it is essential to remove lighting fixtures with ceramic or lighting bowls. Never wait for the installers to arrive. Remove family photos, artwork, and mirrors hung on the wall. Detach window treatments and check if the space is empty.
If you chose an all-inclusive quote, it means the installation price includes convenient services like the removal of large appliances and furniture. It even means complete old floor removal & replacement services. Make sure not to get caught on the D-day with transferring appliances and furniture. Act accordingly!
Disconnect appliances and electronics
Appliances are heavy, so ensure to disconnect the gas hookups as well as electrical outlets within the new floor installation area. Many homeowners can handle it as it is a simple DIY task. If you are not comfortable call the technicians to disconnect gas and electricity safely.
Determine the height of your new floor
Many flooring options like vinyl or laminate flooring offer the convenience of floating installation on the existing floor. It even means you need to determine the functioning of the door. Can you open and close the door properly with the added height or does it need to be adjusted?
Clean storage areas and closets
Check all the items from storage areas and closets, where new floors will be installed. For example, floor installation across the entryway means clearing the coat closet, while kitchen floor replacement means emptying the surrounding area and pantry. Homeowners tend to overlook these areas that are tucked away during the chaotic preparation process.
Consider dust control
During the new floor, installation dust is an issue, especially while installing unfinished hardwood. Professional installers take steps to control dust particles, but you also need to take some preventative measures. Seal the rooms that are not involved in the floor replacement project. Just closing the door is not sufficient, seal doors with mask tapes to avoid sticking dust particles.
Clean the floors
Inspect the subfloor and make sure there is no water damage or other issues. It helps to minimize the amount of dust or eliminate allergens, mildew, or mold before starting. It will not just prepare the area for new flooring installation but even enhances indoor air quality.
Installers hardly address subfloor issues unless you have negotiated and highlighted them in the all-inclusive contract. You need to ensure that the subfloor is subpar. You need to consider the subfloor to be flat and smooth without dips and other imperfections. The subfloor has to be fixed securely with the floor joist and leveled. It allows floor installation to look smooth and flawless.