Having hard flooring installed in your home can increase the value of your home, it can make keeping your home clean easier, and it can make your home prettier. If you get hard flooring installed by the wrong installation company you could have a nightmare of issues on your hands. Having the right company install your hard flooring is critical to the outcome of the project.
Hiring a professional installation crew to install your new flooring components is a good idea. Many people try to do their own flooring installation, and quickly learn that they have taken on a project that requires tools they do not have, or skills they do not have. Unless you are certain about what tools you will need, and what skills you will need, then you need to look for professional installation companies to do the work for you.
Installing laminate flooring is not the same as installing traditional hardwood floor boards. Installing laminate flooring takes different tools, and a different skill set. If you are hiring a flooring contractor to install your floor make sure they are experienced in installing the type of flooring you are buying.
You want to get bids on your flooring installation from several different companies. You want no less than three bids on the work.
The bid for the lowest amount is not always the best one to choose. The person that bid the lowest amount might have less experience than the people who bid more. Before you accept a bid on the work you should check out the company. See how much experience they have, and check with the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce to see if any complaints have ever been filed against them.
When you talk to the flooring company about installing your floors for you they should want to send a representative to your home before they quote you a price. If the company quotes you a price before they see the job location, or the materials that they will be working with, they will often change the price after they get started. Professional contractors come to see the job before they quote the price.
If the flooring representative suggests that you pay them up front then hunt another company. It is customary for a company to ask for a percentage of the job price up front, if they are supplying materials and labor. If they are just doing the labor do not pay until the job is done to your satisfaction, and always pay the company with a check so you have proof of your payment.
Ask at the local flooring supply store for names of reputable flooring contractors in the area. The installers buy their materials from these supply stores and the stores know which installers work the most with different materials, and which ones pay their bills on time. The way a company handles their creditors says a lot about their character.