How to Prepare for Flooring Installation in Your Home
If the time has come for you to have new flooring installed in your home, you are probably feeling either extremely excited or extremely apprehensive. The fact is, there’s nothing wrong with feeling a combination of these emotions. Getting new floors in your house can be both wonderful and stressful, especially if it’s something you’ve been waiting to have done for a long time.
There are plenty of things you can do to prepare your home and your family for the upcoming installation. This guide showcases just a few of them. Once you take these steps, you’re sure to feel more confident about and more prepared for this major remodeling project.
Inspect the Room
The first thing you need to do is inspect the room or rooms that will be getting new flooring. Make sure that everything is for the old flooring to be removed. This means you should mop or vacuum; if the old floors are dirty, dust and dirt will fly into the air as they are taken-up, eventually settling on your brand-new flooring.
It’s also important to make sure nothing that could harm the installers is present in the space. If, for instance, you are in the middle of a major renovation and there are loose electrical wires or open outlets, repair them before the day your new floors go down.
Remove All Items
Your flooring installers will expect the room or rooms in which they are working to be ready to go when they arrive. This means all of your furniture and decorative items need to be elsewhere in your house. This can be a tough job, but if you call on friends and family members to help you, it will go quickly. Many hands make light work, after all!
Adjust the Temperature
This may seem like an odd suggestion, but it’s important for a couple of reasons. First, you simply want the installers to be comfortable. They will be working hard, so it’s important to keep your house relatively cool on the day of the installation.
Secondarily, many types of flooring, including ever-popular hardwood, tend to expand and contract in extreme temperatures. It’s a good idea to contact your flooring company before the installation day to find out what temperature they recommend you set your thermostat at. This way, you won’t have to wonder if you picked the right setting.
Prepare Your Family
Often, flooring installation is a one-day job, but it can take longer, especially if a large area of your home is being recovered. You need to make sure your family is fully prepared for the mess that is about to ensure in your house. If you have small children, you may even want to stay overnight in a local hotel and make a staycation out of the affair!