My 7 Tips for Replacing Flooring were born out of experience. We recently remodeled our home by painting throughout and replacing all the flooring. Take a peek at our before and after pictures and share these tips with your friends who may be about to undertake the same project.
We have lived in our home for 15 years now. If you own a home, you know there is no end to the upkeep and maintenance. Plumbing repairs tend to demand immediate attention and often result in spur of the moment upgrades. Carpet and paint can only hold up for so long and you are simply forced to make some changes.
We recently decided to repaint the inside of our home and replace the flooring. The whole process took several months mostly due to scheduling, shopping for just the right paint and flooring, finding the perfect carpet. Shopping for carpet is not the easiest thing we’ve ever done but more on that later.
Here are my 7 tips including how we arrived at it.
1. Skip the big box store and go to your local flooring store when shopping for carpet.
Why? The folks who work in the flooring department at big box stores are not experts and in fact do not have the answers to any of your questions other than what’s on sale. We did get a quote from a big box store and a local flooring store. We got a much better deal at the flooring store on a better quality carpet with the best padding.
2. Do not hire those folks with the cute jingle on t.v. Read their ratings online and you’ll know why.
We did have the representative come out and give us a quote. We were satisfied with the price we negotiated and agreed to purchase ALL of our flooring from them and have them install also. We scheduled the date so that we would have time to finish painting and get the packing done. The day they were due to install, they did not show up and did not call. When my husband was finally able to get the sales rep on the phone, my hubby cancelled the entire order. While we were waiting on the sales rep to call us back, we did some research which we should have done first. Lesson learned.
3. Don’t do it yourself. Hire the professionals.
If you have DIY in your bones and plenty of time to spare. This advice is not for you. My husband negotiated a deal with the flooring crew who installed our LVT from the flooring store. Our store uses local contractors so we felt comfortable with their abilities and trusted them. We loved our crew so much, I cooked them a big southern BBQ lunch on their last day at our home. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Consider your time and the cost of purchasing the particular tools you will need to do the job as a DIY.
4. You have to pack like you’re moving, start early.
You will be moving furniture from one room to another. That means packing everything which sits on the furniture. It’s just like packing to move. You might be inclined to think this is a good time to do some cleaning out and it is but why overwhelm yourself with one more task right now? Do the cleaning out when you unpack instead of when you pack.
6. Buy the best carpet padding.
The padding makes all the difference in the lifetime of your carpet and the comfort of your feet on the floor. It will also protects the sub-flooring from spills and accidents. Touch and feel the samples before you decide.
7. Compare pricing before purchasing your flooring.
We used Ebates to purchase our laminate from a big box store. We ordered online through Ebates and got both a cash back bonus and free shipping! We purchased our carpeting and padding from the flooring store. The flooring store price on the laminate was significantly more than the big box store but their price on carpet was much better. We purchased our LVT from the flooring store so their crew could do the installation. They had the exact product, Luxury Vinyl Tile, we wanted in the color we loved. So, do your research to save yourself some bucks.
Take a peek inside of our home remodel project!
Prior to the remodel, the Den is where we spent the majority of our time at home. Our home has an open floor plan with the kitchen in the middle so the den is convenient to both the kitchen and the master suite. We have a fireplace in the den which we enjoy using during the winter months.
Do you remember when that deep red paint was the ‘in’ thing. We loved it in the beginning but as time passed, we needed a brighter change. I snapped this photo with our fur babies sleeping shortly after Phoebe (she’s the white speckled sweetie) was diagnosed with canine cancer. You can read her story here. That’s her husband, Orbit snoozing away on his bed. Over to the left of the TV console is a ‘kitty city’. Our cats have since outgrown it but they loved it dearly when they were kittens.
The process of selecting paint can be fun but it can also quickly become confusing. I do suggest that you buy those little sample size containers and spread some on the wall side by side just like we did. It really sealed the deal with the decision process. Those samples are all varying shades of taupe. We didn’t want the walls to be too dark but we also didn’t want them to look white either and no more decorator colors for a while.
If you have ever painted your home, you know what a thrill it is to finish a room! The paint is on the walls and our new flooring has arrived! My hubby was excited so he went ahead and hung the new curtains! He took them back down to hang the new blinds.
The paint is on the walls. Yay!! Now for pulling up the carpet and inspecting the sub-floor. Thankfully our sub-floor is great! Good news, no unexpected expenses there.
We decided not to go with carpet throughout again. It’s only in the bedrooms now. With fur babies in the house and allergies exacerbated by the perils of carpet, we wanted hard surface flooring.
We are so in love with our new flooring! We selected hand scraped Pergo laminate Coffee Hickory with the padding on the back.
We went with a mint green in the living and dining rooms which are adjoining. It looks great with the new floors.
Our kitchen before was vinyl flooring in the white swirl color. This is my favorite picture of my cats.
We selected LVT or Luxury Vinyl Tile for the kitchen and bathrooms. Our floor installers did not charge any extra to install with the diamond pattern which is what we wanted. We fell in love with the diamond pattern in the flooring store when we saw their installed samples.
We are very happy with all of our new flooring and still in love with all the colors we selected.
My 7 Tips for Replacing Flooring were realized as a result of our personal experience. We really enjoyed the remodeling project. We feel like we have a whole new home with new paint and new floors! We have also replaced the window treatments in almost every room, with only a couple to go. Remodeling projects can be fun, and should be fun but there is a process and a learning curve.
What’s your next remodeling project?
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