You’ve thought it all out and arrived at the conclusion that it’s time to redo your floors. Before you go tearing up carpet or refinishing hardwood there is plenty of prep work that needs to be done. In order to get your project off to a good start, there are several things you’ll need to take into consideration, such as the following:
- What sort of flooring you’ll be working with
- The location of your project
- Who else shares the space
Let’s take a closer look at each of these considerations and the steps that go along with them.
Prepping for a flooring project
What Sort of Flooring You’ll Be Working With
It may seem obvious, but installing carpet is different than installing laminate flooring, which is different than installing hardwood. Knowing the materials you’ll be working with can help to inform certain aspects of the project like the budget and what sort of contractor you would need to hire.
If working with hardwood flooring, there are variables, including whether you’d be installing new wood or simply refinishing existing flooring.
For carpet, you might want to take into account the colours so as to match the room’s paint scheme or décor layout. Communicate with your contractor in order to get help choosing the best materials or options for working with them.
The Location of Your Project
No matter where the project takes place inside the house, there’s bound to be some staging of furniture that takes place to accommodate the work. This preparation includes covering furniture that may risk getting dusty if there is sanding being done.
Additionally, if the only bathroom in your house is being worked on and is inaccessible, it’s a good idea to plan for not being able to use the room.
Who Else Shares the Space
This notion of having a back-up plan extends to other living things in the house, particularly pets and children. You’ll want them to be in a place that is safe and out of the way of the floor renovation. If that place isn’t easily found in the same location, you may want to line up somewhere for the child or pet to go for the day, or until the work is completed.
There are many things to keep in mind when preparing to begin your flooring project. You must choose your flooring materials well, you must take as many precautions as possible within your workspace, especially where furniture is concerned, and you must take into account the wellbeing of those with whom you share the space while the work goes on.
If you take all of these factors into account, your flooring project will be off to a strong start, well on the way to an even stronger finish.