When the time comes to install a new floor, it may be tempting to go ahead and do it yourself. There are many advantages to DIY work, such as possible money saved and pride in your work. However, flooring installations do not always go off without a hitch and having a professional in your corner may be in your best interests should things go awry. Determining which route is best for you, be it DIY or hiring a professional, will require some thought and planning in advance to figure out which option will ultimately get you the best finished flooring project.
On the flip side, hiring a professional also has its own set of drawbacks. Often there are hidden or additional expenses that arise for which you may not be prepared. It is important to remember that there may be fees for the cost of having furniture moved, supply delivery, used material disposal, and work area cleanup. While you may also incur some of these fees on a DIY project, it is key to find out ahead of time which of these fees will be part of a professional job. Surprises after the fact are no fun for anyone, and you do not want to be left with an unexpected expensive mess to clean up.
When the time comes to consider making flooring material purchases, be sure to get an accurate measurement of the area you plan to floor. A general drawing of the area may prove helpful as well. Visit suppliers and don't be afraid to ask questions there or get estimates from licensed contractors. It is better to know upfront what you are getting into than to find out on the backend when you are already invested. Finding out things such as whether or not special tools are required and what the warranty covers will be beneficial in the decision making process.
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