What Really Happens During an In-Home Flooring Consultation?
Aug. 24, 2017 at midnight
A flooring consultant is part mentor, part problem solver. This specialist will visit your home, inspect your floor surfaces, guide you through the floor installation process and troubleshoot any problems. When you decide to install new flooring, a consultant is the first professional who will visit your home. Here's what to expect when you meet one of these experts for the first time.
A Consultant Will Examine Your Flooring
An in-home flooring consultation consists of two parts. First, a consultant will determine suitability for new flooring. He or she might take measurements of your floor area, take a look at your floorboards or assess hardwood floors for moisture content. This inspection will guarantee that your floor area is safe and structurally sound. Typically, a consultant will hold a certification from a body like the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
You Will Find Out About Different Flooring Materials
The second part of your consultation will be more like a casual conversation. Your consultant will explain the floor installation process and provide you with flooring recommendations for different rooms in your home. You will also receive a report with a description of your floor area and any problems your consultant encountered during his or her inspection.
Your consultant will probably have samples of different flooring materials that you can look at, including eco- friendly options. Hardwood, vinyl, laminate, linoleum — these are just some of the floor types that you might be able to choose from. Your consultant might then explain the pros and cons of each material.
A good consultant will ask you about your budget and then suggest flooring materials and styles that you can afford. You should never feel pressured into signing a contract or paying for flooring that exceeds your budget. If you need to think things over before you make a decision, that's fine.
There Will Be a Chance to Ask Questions
Think of an in-home flooring consultation like a job interview —where you're the boss. You will want to ask your flooring consultant lots of questions so you can decide whether his or her company is right for your renovation project. Here are some things that you might want to ask your consultant:
- How long will the project take?
- How much will the project cost?
- What materials do you recommend?
- ￼￼￼￼￼￼Are there any hidden charges or fees?
- What are the benefits of new flooring?
- What are the latest flooring trends?
- How many contractors will it take to complete the project?
- Will new flooring increase the price of my property?
If you think of a question after your consultation is over, you can always contact your flooring consultant by phone or email.
Floor installation provides you with a hefty return on your investment. Research shows that new flooring can encourage higher offers when you put your property on the market and even make your home sell faster. Enlisting the services of a qualified flooring consultant is an important part of the floor installation process. Choose one that provides you with excellent customer service and great value-for-money.