Before you hire a hardwood flooring installation expert, there are some questions that you should ask them to determine whether they are a good fit for the job or not.
The market has no shortage of wood flooring installation experts. However, not all of them are created equal. It’s therefore vital to perform your due diligence beforehand, to make sure you are getting the best deal in the market.
Below are seven questions to ask your hardwood flooring installation contractor before you sign any contract:
What’s your experience?
The first thing that you want to establish is whether they have the right kind of skills handling your project. Find out if they’ve handled projects like yours, and the number of years they’ve been doing it. Don’t forget to ask their successes and pictures to back their claims up.
Are you licensed and insured
A contractor who’s insured and licensed exemplifies trustworthiness and ability to adhere to the law. It is a great sign that they are dedicated to the business. Besides, licensing and insurance are your only guarantee that you’ll be protected, should anything go wrong on the site during installation.
Do you have any references?
You can’t just take their word for it, go right ahead, and hear it from the horse’s mouth – their past clients. Ask for at least three reference contacts and call them. But don’t stop there, proceed to read reviews from Google reviews, yelp and so on. You can also search online to see if there are any references (remarks or complaints) about the contractor in question.
What do you include in your quotes?
It’s essential to learn about what’s included in the contract and what isn’t so that you can plan your budget accordingly. For instance, your contractor may want you to remove delicate or loose items before their arrival. They may also say that their quote doesn’t feature unforeseen issues in sub-floor (because sometimes, it is impossible to tell this until they get to work). Learning about this will help clear any misunderstandings later on.
How long is the job going to take?
Knowing how long the project will help you with planning – since you’ll know how long it will take, it will be easier to organise accommodation for your family members. It’s also wise to learn about the contractor’s availability to start and how the project will progress (whether it’s daily, or in intervals).
How will you contain dust and clean up?
It’s easy to overlook this question, yet it bears weight. Flooring installation involves lots of mess and dust, and its best to ask beforehand and plan. Find out if your contractor will protect other areas not being worked on as well as appliances, chandeliers, and drapery. Also, inquire about what happens to the dirt afterward.
How much do you charge?
Of course, you want to work with an installation contractor whose solutions fall within your budget. Learning about their cost beforehand is a great way to do this. But keep in mind that the lowest bidders aren’t often the best. Consider the above aspects, before factoring in the cost.