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Home Remodeling Projects Are Usually Filled With Hidden Challenges

Every homeowner has a vested interest in keeping their property up-to-date and ascetically appealing. Home remodeling is a billion dollar industry and do-it-yourself homeowners are always eager to save a buck especially on small projects.

Buying materials and then installing them or buying the materials and getting a local contractor to install them for an hourly fee is usually the way most people save money, but there are certain projects that need professional attention. In most cases laminate floor installation requires professional assistance so picking a laminate floor installer with knowledge and experience should be the homeowner’s main focus.

Professional laminate floor installers are equipped with the proper tools and the specialized knowledge to complete the job on time and in a manner that meets or exceeds the buyer’s expectations. Good laminate floor installers possess the patience and the know-how to install a brand new floor in a very economical way. Buying materials and finding a reputable laminate flooring specialist should save money, but homeowner’s should do a little research on the laminate floor installer, and then sign a written work agreement to ensure they will get what they pay for in terms of service and the finished product.

Most laminate flooring installers want to complete the work in order to get referral business, but there are installers that take shortcuts so it’s important to discuss a laminate floor work checklist with the laminate floor installer before the work begins.

A Homeowner’s Laminate Floor Installation Checklist Should Include These Ten Things

Most laminate flooring installers will offer suggestions after seeing the area and listening to the homeowner’s needs. The homeowner should also discuss the installation checklist item by item before the work starts so there is an open communication about what is needed and expected. The checklist should include:

• All the materials should be available in the home before the job begins so the installer can check the material for defects and imperfections.

• The home should be checked by the installer before work begins. Some homes may not be suitable for the flooring the homeowner wants to install.

• The installer should sketch the area and then use a rolling wheel, a tape, or laser measurer to determine the exact size of the area. The installer should deduct square footage for cabinets or other fixed things in the area and then add 10% to the total square footage. That covers cutting waste and material imperfections.

• The installer should be familiar with the product so transition strips, stair nosing, quarter round, floor vents, and base boards can be purchased that match or compliment the flooring material.

• The under-flooring material should also be discussed in order to provide hot and cold insulation as well as to prevent moisture and mold.

• The old flooring should be discussed. Sometimes the new floor can be installed over the existing floor, but in most cases it must be removed so the floor flows evenly from one room to another.

Counter tops, cabinets, adjoining floors, and other items should be inspected so the new floor is installed properly around those items.

• Ask for an itemized list of additional charges for floor removal, sub-flooring repair, and door adjustments as well as other items that are not included in the original proposal.

• Discuss how and where material cutting will be handled and make sure clean-up is included in the original proposal.

• Set aside a little extra money for unforeseen issues that may develop as the project progresses. Those issues will need the homeowner’s attention and the money to resolve them.

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Rob Woods

Rob served as BuildDirect's marketing manager from 2000 to 2010. In addition to heading up his own marketing company these days, he remains to be a handy guy around the house to this day.