Making changes to your home is a big deal. And new flooring can be life-changing! There is no need to feel overwhelmed by changing the flooring in your home. The process is fairly easy, and soon enough you can be enjoying your new floors. Here are some tips to make things go smoothly.
- Shop local
Shopping for new flooring locally is a great option. Finding your nearby flooring store is the first step. It may or may not be a store that specializes in flooring. You are able to see the texture, material, color, and more in much greater detail than online or as in pictures. This will also help to make your decision easier with the help of staff members that can help you in this process. However, be sure to take your budget into consideration while at this step.
- Have in-home consultation and measurements
In-home consultation will help you along in the process of obtaining new flooring – this way your exact needs can be met, rather than a more generic consultation. More times than not, a flooring consultation can be cheap or even free. You can also get your floor more accurately measured, which is always a plus, since you want your end result to be as good as it can be.
- Make your final decision
So it’s time for the final decision! This is an important step, so be sure to plan carefully. The type of flooring depends on your personal needs. Do you have pets or kids? Do you need more durable flooring, or are you planning to go with a theme? These are all things that you should take into consideration, along with a budget. Often budget and type of flooring will go hand in hand, as some flooring types will be more expensive than others.
- Come up with a time frame
Plan ahead, and come up with a reasonable time frame. Getting new flooring is a process, both the planning part and the building part. Plan ahead of time by coming up with a time frame that is realistic and helpful. The building part can take up to a few days (for hardwood), depending on a lot of factors, including how big your house is.
- Enjoy your new floors (and take care of them)
Once you have your new flooring installed, it’s time to appreciate it! However, to keep it looking as good as it does now, you need to maintain it. Regular vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and overall cleaning will help you to more easily maintain your new flooring. Gone are the days of paying for professional carpet cleaning! Cleaning up spills and messes as soon as possible will help prevent staining and other damage to your floors, while professionally cleaning your carpet once in a while will remove dirt and other unwanted particles.