CHOOSING HARDWOOD FLOORING CONTRACTORS
Steps involved in the process of choosing your hardwood Flooring contractors Dorset:
1. Decide what it is that you need to do and write it down.
-carpet removed, disposed
-sub-floor installed, refastened
-new wood floor supplied and installed
-old floor sanded and finished
-old floor sanded, stained and finished
-just a quick fix, please
2. Look through the magazines and decorator books to figure out what style and type of hardwood flooring would suit your needs. Then think about your life style, the time you spend cleaning and if you have young children or large pets.
3. Before you reach for the Yellow Pages, ask your friends, family and neighbors about professionals that worked for them in the past, asked if they would use those people again and if they could recommend them to you. Many times a reputable and reliable business is in such demand, that they do not take on new projects unless they have a recommendation from a previous client. If you approach a business with a recommendation from such client, you may qualify for a special price or a discount. This is our way to encourage our new clients to recommend us to others, if they are happy with our services.
4. Call local hardwood flooring businesses and ask for installation prices.
Wood prices remain the same, or very similar through the area, during a specific time period
Most companies and all hardwood stores, as well as the big warehouses like Rona or Home Depot, hire sub-contractors for actual installation and finishing jobs. It means, that you may compare offers or quotes from three different stores, but contractors coming to your home to install your floor are working for all three. In fact, this contractor is the one person, who can get you best deal on the cost of your project.
Many hardwood flooring store owners, never installed or refinished hardwood floors. They really on an army of flooring subcontractors and their practical knowledge to run their business.
Small, family-owned flooring business, offer the same products, same warranties, and usually much better prices on installation. Do not forget to call them too, you will probably end up with them working on your floor anyway, even if you hire a bigger company to do the job. So contact them directly, you will be nicely surprised with the quotes they provide.
Allocate some time for prospective professional contractors to come in, and provide a free, written estimate. You should arrange to have 3 to 5 quotes. They all should be free and in writing. The prices should be guaranteed for at least 30 days from the date of an estimate, and any payment terms should be on the document. Please remember that:
If you expect to meet the actual professional that will be working on your floor, do not be offended that he can not come over to do the estimate at 9 in the morning… He is usually on the job, working. Evening hours may be busy for you, but you both should be able to come to a mutual time agreement.