How to Prepare Your Home for a Flooring Installation

A guide to help ensure your flooring installation goes smoothly.

Published March 4, 20212 min read

You’ve picked out and purchased your new floors and now all that’s left to do is prepare your home for the installation.  

When to start preparing for your flooring installation

You should start thinking about installation when you purchase your new floors. The sooner you start to prepare, the better to prevent any bumps in the road.

Why prepare for a flooring installation

There are three main reasons to prepare your home, and your family, for an upcoming flooring installation. Early preparation will:

1. Ensure your installers have the space they need to work

2. Protect your valuables, furniture, and possessions from potential damage

3. Keep your family content during the project

Installing new floors - whether it’s carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, or tile – may be messy. It’s also likely to be a bit disruptive, but planning now for the installation will help make the project go smoothly and with less interruption.

What’s included in the flooring installation price and what’s not?

One of the first things you’ll need to do is find out exactly what your flooring installation professionals will do, and not do, as part of their service. 

One thing to consider is if the old floor materials will be removed, and how will the materials be disposed of? You may have to rent a bin for the waste. Also, ask what will be used to minimize dust and dirt spreading throughout the house. Will the installers seal the access door to the room with plastic sheathing to help keep the rest of the house clean? If not, this is prep work you may want to consider doing on your own.

Where will you store your furniture?

You’ll also want to figure out where your furniture and belongings will temporarily go during the installation. Do you have space in another area of the house, or, will you have to put items in storage? And, who will move them? Some pieces of furniture can be heavy and you might need movers to help.

Some floor installers may be willing to move your larger furniture pieces within the room where the flooring is being replaced. As needed, the furniture could be moved to parts of the room where work is either completed or not in use yet by the installers. If your installers are willing to move your furniture around, there may be additional fees so look into it first to avoid any surprises on the bill.

The days leading up to the flooring installation

It’s time to turn your attention to the walls, closets, and storage spaces. Remove photos, artwork, and anything breakable from the space to give the installer plenty of room to work. Clear out closets and storage areas of the rooms where you're getting new floors. These areas are easy to overlook when emptying out a room.

If your new floors are being installed in your laundry room, kitchen, or another space where you have gas appliances, you’ll need to contact someone who is qualified to work with fuel. These appliances will need to be properly disconnected prior to the installation, as well as reconnected afterwards.

Also consider that your flooring may be delivered a few days ahead of time. Some flooring materials, like hardwood and laminate, need to be acclimated to the temperature of the home for best results. Make sure there’s room dedicated to where these materials can be stored. Also confirm with your installer when they will be sending the materials.

Installation day

On the day work is set to begin, chat with the installers before any work starts. Take breaks by leaving the house at various times throughout the installation, but make sure your installers can contact you should questions arise. Although flooring installation projects can involve some prep work, it will be worth it in the end. You’ll have new flooring that will look great for years to come!

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