So you’ve decided to install flooring. Congratulations. Now you need to get ready for your floor installation and doing that means preparing the home for the workmen who are going to enter with all of their equipment and materials. This isn’t like wood floor refinishing richmond, a wood floor installation is a much larger and complicated job.
Let’s go over everything you should know to prepare the home for professional wood floor installation:
Clear Out Everything
And we mean all of it. There’s the obvious stuff like furniture, shelving, lamps, personal belongings, pretty much anything that is standing on the floor of the room. But what some people forget to consider are the items that are hanging on the walls. Picture frames, artwork, even hanging shelves and plants, anything that can get in the way or be unwittingly knocked down due to all the commotion and reverberation from the work being performed.
You might be surprised how often something gets knocked to the floor by mistake, despite having been hung securely in place. Get window dressings out of the way as well. Take down drapes and curtains that are hanging over your windows.
Some installers will offer to move all of these things out of the room for you, although they will tend to focus on getting all of the big furniture out of the way and leave the delicate hanging items for you to take care of yourself. Just be sure you know who will be doing this before the installers arrive. Many flooring installations will come with the additional service of moving furniture and removal of the sub-flooring should this be necessary in your case.
If those tasks are not included, then be prepared to have all of this taken care of before the workmen show up ready to get to work.
Disconnect Your Appliances and Electronic Components
If the flooring that is being installed is in a room where your appliances are located, you need to disconnect these items. We’re talking about shutting off the gas to the oven/stove, washers and dryers, anything that might be located in a kitchen or laundry room.
Savvy homeowners can probably do these things on their own, without the assistance of professionals. But if you are unsure how to go about doing it, have a pro come out to help you prepare for your flooring installation.
Flooring Height Adjustments
The doors in your home have been installed to open and shut at a certain height of your flooring. Depending on the type of flooring and how it will be installed, you may need to check if your doors will still function properly at this new height of your floor. This goes for doors inside the home as well as entry doors leading in and out of the house. If your doors won’t open properly anymore, you need to make those adjustments first. You can’t very well live in a home where your front door won’t open or close correctly.
Clean Out Any Closets and Storage
When you cleaned out the room or rooms where your flooring was being installed, did you remember to get everything out of the closet? If not, go back and get it all out of there because your new flooring is probably going to extend into your closet or storage space. Unless you have explicitly told the installers not to put in flooring inside these areas, your closet needs to be empty.
Clean Your Current Flooring
Sounds strange but it’s something you need to do as a way to reduce the number of allergens, contaminants, dust, bacteria and mold and mildew that can get trapped beneath your new floor when it’s put in. Doing this will drastically improve your home’s air quality and make the room a lot healthier to spend time in.
Set the Proper Temperature in The Room
Believe it or not, there are many types of flooring that come with a recommended temperature condition for installation. These recommendations are listed right there on the box of the flooring material you’ve purchased or in the directions. Your installer will probably inform you of these specific temperature requirements ahead of time, but if not, feel free to inquire about making sure the room temperature is where it needs to be before the installers arrive.
The material may need to sit in that desired temperature for a day or two to properly acclimate to the room before it can be laid down and installed in your home.