Hardwood flooring is a long term investment. It not only notches up the aesthetics of the space but also contribute in enhancing the overall value of the home. So, if you have decided to remodel your home, replacing your old flooring has to be the number one priority.
Of course, you would need to find a professional to do the work. Following are the questions that will help you find an expert hardwood installation service and give you the best work possible –
Q1. How long your organization has been in this business?
It is always best to hire a contractor or company that has been serving the customers for at least a year. It is essential because there are a countless number of such service providers in the market claiming to be the experts where in fact they are just only amateurs. So, if you don’t want a bad job, try finding a wood flooring contractor with more experience.
Q2. Are you licensed and insured to do this kind of work?
By asking for this information, you can rely on your service provider completely and have a surety that they are conducting their business legally. In all, you can enjoy a sense of peace that even if something goes wrong such as accidental cut into electrical wiring or burst of a pipeline during the installation process, you will be covered for the damages.
Q3. Do you handle the work yourself or hire sub-contractors?
At times, subcontractors don’t portray sincerity and perfection in their work simply because their name is not on the line. This can get ‘not-so-satisfactory’ for the customers who contact the service providers for their name and reputation. Besides, everyone knows that the company that has its own team on the work field, chances of accuracy and compliance with standards are high. So, don’t be hesitant in enquiring into this and go for the contractor who will never want his status in the market to be at stake.
Q4. Can I see pictures of your previous work?
You cannot blindly trust the sweet words and unrealistic prices quoted by a contractor until you see their work yourself. You need to make sure that the reviews you see on their websites and ratings you see on Google are authentic and not paid for. And for that, it is best to ask for the work portfolio of the contractor and a few references (of their past clients). That way, you can call them and take a clear picture. An in-person visit to the property is even better if the contractor and the client agree.
Q5. What is the anticipated installation timeline of my project?
Generally, wood floor installation in a 1000 sq ft area takes about two to three days, provided the subfloor is not damaged. However, the timing can vary depending upon the team size on board and the installation process. At times, some sort of extra preparation might be required too. Hence, one must discuss this with the contractor straight away and take a better estimate.