So, you are considering adding a new floor to your home to improve the resale value as well as increase your satisfaction while you live there. Flooring is a home upgrade that is very common these days. The materials available vary widely and done right proper flooring can be a great investment. So what things need to be kept in mind to get the most bang for your buck? Here are 5 of the best:
Tip 1: Prepare the sub floor carefully and correctly. This sounds like a small thing but it is VERY important. No matter the quality of the flooring that you are putting down, if it is on a surface that is damp, or uneven or that has loose material, it will not end well. Taking the time to completely level a floor and really get it right will pay off in the end.
Tip #2: Avoid "Under Investing". Floors are one of those home improvement items where you typically get what you pay for. Some people look for the cheapest materials available, and while in some cases that can work out, with flooring specifically, this is not a place to cut corners. It can be really attractive to consider materials that are not direct from the factory or lower quality but are at a deeply discounted price. The truth is that these are most often discounted for a reason.
Tip #3: Installation expertise. With DIY projects, homeowners often choose to try to install things themselves in a home. And for many, this works out fine if a person has a good eye for finishing detail, the right tools and the time, and experience needed for the job. That said, most often people over-estimate their ability to install flooring such as hardwoods, tile, laminate, and other surfaces. They also overestimate the time saved with professional installation as opposed to their own. The result is more frustration and lower overall return on investment.
Tip #4: Research and follow manufacturers instructions for care and maintenance. How you clean, care for, and maintain flooring materials is completely different from material to material. Manufacturers have SPECIFIC guidelines that need to be followed thoroughly in order for the flooring to last, and for the luster and beauty of the floor to be maintained. It is best to research what the manufacturers recommend BEFORE you purchase and install the flooring.
Tip 5: Plan with the whole home in mind. You may have a small budget at the moment. That is NOT a good reason to only do a flooring project in one room in a home. Flooring done right builds a continuous flow throughout the home and to accomplish that, it often NEEDS to be installed in several rooms at once. Better to save up and do it all at one time. That way, the inconvenience of moving everything is reduced and flooring can be installed efficiently.