As a homeowner, the maintenance and upkeep of your property is an ongoing process, because you understand how important it is to keep improving the value of your home, whether you intend to sell in the future or not. Included in that is the addition of new features to an existing home over time, such as possible renovations like installing hardwood floors or new outdoor living spaces.
And focusing on hardwood floors, it can be a huge undertaking for the first-time homeowner and even the experienced. It’s a worthwhile investment, with several benefits ranging from extended lifespan, uncompromised durability and design that will never age or date. And that’s why we always advise our prospective customers to ensure they are fully on board with the process of installation, type of materials used and ask questions about the future maintenance they will need to carry out.
These are some of the questions we suggest you ask your service provider at your next appointment.
1) What Is The Expected Timeline Of Installation And Does This Account For Project Delays?
As convenient as it may sound to use a company that promises quick delivery and installation of your hardwood floors, you need to be realistic. Asking the question beforehand can allow a homeowner to gauge the timeline, prepare for any unexpected delays and plan their own lives accordingly. Whether it’s to move furniture around or arrange for contractors to come at different times, you should ask this question.
2) Will You Communicate An Upfront Estimate (With Allowances)?
You should receive an upfront quotation and onsite evaluation to work against. If your provider cannot give you a forecasted estimate, it may be best to look for another company as the unknown price can drastically increase by project completion. Ask if they have included any allowances that may be needed for unexpected problems that may arise during installation so that you are aware of these costs and can budget appropriately.
3) Does Your Workmanship Come With A Warranty?
Most important is finding out if your contractors can offer a warranty on their work and provide a date of expiry. Certified professionals will be happy to give you one, to assure you that their work is of high quality. Accidents do happen and sometimes floors are not installed properly. As frustrating as it is, having this information can help you make the better decision for your home.
Before choosing the cheapest and quickest installation quote, remember that hardwood floors require expert workmanship and that doesn’t come on the cheap. It is best advised to use reliable and reputable flooring companies that can provide you with a portfolio of their work as well as be open to answering your questions. Professionals that offer previous customer testimonials and free consultations are also important and should be a deciding factor for the homeowner. To book a consultation with us at The Wooden Floor Company, contact us today.