There are a number of good reasons why anyone can choose hardwood flooring for their homes such as increasing the value of the house, making your home look prettier and of course the fact that cleaning becomes much easier. However, your worst nightmare would be when your hardwood floor installation is done by a company that doesn’t know what they are doing. Getting it right the first time is your best solution to avoid any problems in future.
You are always better off hiring a highly professional hardwood floor installation company. You don’t want to try experimentation with an inexperienced company or trying to do it on your won in order to save money; this may end up being more expensive at the end of the day. Hardwood floor installation requires skills, techniques and tools that you may not possess as a lay person. Unless you have all the tools, skills and experience with this type of work, you don’t attempt doing it on your own.
Start by getting contract bids from a number of floor installation companies so that you have at least three to five companies to compare from. One thing you must remember is that while price is important, it should not be the main consideration; many times the lowest bidding company could be the one with the least experience in this type of work. Don’t accept a bid from any company before you check them out; check out their experience level and whether they are licensed. Don’t forget to check with the local chamber of commerce and the Better Business Bureau to see if there any major complaints against them.
A good flooring company will want to send a representative to your home to check on your house before they can make a price quotation. Beware of companies that are quick to make quotations before visiting the site or even knowing the type and amount of material they will need for the job, in most cases such companies end up changing the prices once they begin doing the actual work. A professional contractor will visit the job site before they give you a quotation.
Look for a different floor installation company if the representative of the company you are considering demands an upfront payment. It is the normal tradition that a company will demand for a percentage of the entire price when they are supplying labor and the materials but if you are buying the materials and the only provide labor, do not pay until they are finished and you are totally satisfied with the job. Always pay for the work using a check because this is a good proof of payment that you can keep just in case. Don’t hesitate to ask for references from the local flooring supply store; they know many reputable contractors.