You’ve made a smart decision by opting to have the professionals install your floor for you. This will take away a lot of the stress and headache that you’d have to deal with otherwise. However, any home improvement project can be stressful, even if you’re not the one doing the work. Here are a few ways you can prepare for your installation so that everything will go as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Buy Extra Flooring
Everyone hates to spend more money than absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances can make it so that your original flooring estimate won’t completely do the job. Even if your room only needs 200 square feet of flooring, it will be smart for you to buy an extra box or two. This way, if something comes up, your installer will have the materials on hand to keep working, instead of having to delay and run out to buy more. This will also prevent the nightmare situation of needing more flooring and finding that the store has sold out of or even discontinued your product. Once your installation is done, your store may even accept extra unopened boxes for a refund. This also helps out in a future situation where one panel or small section needs to be replaced.
Different companies will have different policies– some may require the homeowner to move their furniture, while many others will do this as part of their fee. While your installer will probably be happy to move your furniture for you, they won’t know which items have sentimental value to you. Many a homeowner has found that workers have unintentionally roughed up a piece of furniture or other objects in the process. If you have an item that you don’t trust strangers to properly look after, go ahead and put it in a safe place so that it doesn’t get damaged.
Make Arrangements for Children or Pets
It’s stressful for anyone to be around the loud sounds of construction. It can be particularly hard on children and animals, though. They can get bored if they’re restricted to a single room of your home, but it’s dangerous to allow them to run about unsupervised. You may need to board your animals at a kennel or ask a friend or family member to look after them for a few days. If your kids will be home during work hours, consider hiring a sitter who can watch them in their home or taking them out to do something fun if you don’t have to work.
These are just a few tips to help you prepare for the installation. Ask your flooring company or installer about anything else you might need to know.