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If you are a home owner, there will most likely come a time in the life of your home when you will need to replace or refinish the flooring.
Maybe your dog chewed a hole in your carpet and you need to replace it.
Perhaps the hardwood flooring is scratched and needs to be sanded and refinished so that it looks ‘new’ again.
Or you want to finally change out the old linoleum for some fun tile.
Whatever your reasons, updating flooring in your home is an inevitable part of home ownership.
So, how do you get your home ready for new flooring?
There are a few things you can do to prepare for new flooring in your home that will make the whole experience better.
How To Prepare for New Flooring Installation
1. Plan Your Flooring
Spend time ahead, deciding what flooring you want to install. It is very important to do some research before you pick your flooring.
There are so many different options available, so picking the right flooring can take a little time.
(If you are considering engineered hardwood, take a look at these engineered hardwood floor purchase tips)
Once you know what flooring you will use, decide whether you will hire it out, or install it yourself.
Many flooring companies will do the measuring for you, so if you go that route, check to see what is included with the installation price.
If you plan to do your own flooring you will need to measure your space. Make sure to buy extra flooring and have all of your materials ready so that you know you have enough to work with in case you make a mistake. You don’t want to run out of material in the middle of your flooring installation.
2. Prepare the Room for New Flooring
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3. Prepare Other Areas of the House
4. Install or Refinish Flooring
Complete the flooring install or refinishing.
5. Clean While the Room Is Empty
Before you move everything in, do a thorough cleaning.
- Wipe down the walls and trim
- Wash windows and window trim
- Clean off light fixtures and switches
- Do a thorough cleaning out of vents
- Wipe down shelves and any other built-ins
- Dust doors and door handles.
- Touch up any paint on walls or trim
6. Move Back Into the Room
Now that your room is clean and your new flooring is installed, it’s time to move everything back in.
Start by moving large furniture back into the room. Then add the smaller pieces.
Use this time to declutter even more. Make sure what you are putting back in fits the ‘new’ space you just created.
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A Little Prep Makes Flooring Installation Easier
Taking the time to prepare for new flooring in your home can make the whole process easier.
Though it does require a little planning, taking extra time to cover things and tape off areas in your home can help minimize dust and keep clean up more manageable.