Updated: Jan 10
Preparing for your floor work is vital to a successful and timely result. With the right preparation, your contractor and crew can get started on your project right away. Proper preparation can also establish a great working relationship between you and your contractor. Following are some suggestions on preparing for flooring work.
1. Installers need power to complete their work. Make sure they have access to electricity and the fuse box to power their tools. We will need access to a 220 plug. Usually an electric stove or drier will have a 220 plug and we can use that.
2. Even if Creations Hardwoods, or any contractor is moving your furniture, be sure to empty the cabinets and remove any valuables from the shelves, walls, etc. Creations hardwoods does not move pianos, safes, aquariums, hospital beds, exercise equipment, etc. Computers and electronics should have their cords and wires removed prior to the arrival of our crew which will get things moving much faster.
3. Determine up front who will be moving the furniture, appliances, baseboards, existing flooring and the sub-floor. If Creations Hardwoods is moving your furniture, there will need to be a dedicated place for it, as well as a place near a plug in for the refrigerator. You will not have to empty the refrigerator.
4. Obtain felt pads for your furniture. If you don't have them, this is the time to add them, especially to chairs/stools that are moved often. You can pick these up at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc. We will apply the pads for an additional charge.
5. Determine if any changes to the height of the floor requires adjustments to the doors for them to open and close properly.
6. Remove items in storage areas and closets where the new floor is to be installed. If we are refinishing the floor only, we can plastic all hanging items. You should, however, remove any long items, valuables, electronics, or items that can be easily damaged by dust.
7. Remove drapes, wall hangings and pictures from walls. We can bag drapes, but those arrangements need to be made in advanced.
8. Pick up any loose items that are sitting on the floor. And a proper floor cleaning for any areas that are being worked on - especially in newly exposed areas after the items are removed. A good general cleanup always helps things go more smoothly.
9. Verify that the inside temperature is appropriate for installation - this is especially true if you are having any type of laminate, engineered, vinyl, etc. Flooring installed. For questions about your particular flooring, there could be instructions on or in the box, or you can contact the store from where you purchased the material.
10. If you are having new flooring installed, your flooring will need to be delivered anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks prior to the start date of your project. The flooring will need to be stored inside your home, not your garage, patio, or deck. You will need to have a place for that. You can plan on having the wood sitting in your home for approximately 1 week prior to the work beginning. This allows the wood to acclimate and gives a better long-term result.
11. Prepare a place outdoors for our crew to work. We do put down tarps, but sometimes there are spills or stains. We make every effort to remove stains, but sometimes they do not come all the way out, so you will want to keep this in mind. For cutting and some other tasks, we will need a solid surface, such as a driveway or back patio - anyplace near an entrance.
12. We may need a place to store equipment overnight while your project is underway. Closed off rooms, garages, a corner of an area where work is being done, etc. work great. If you have small and/or curious little folks around, it is especially important to consider this because we do not want them investigating the equipment and tools resulting in injuries.
13. Make plans for your pet - especially dogs. Medium to large dogs need to be off of the floor for 3 - 4 days after the floor is completed to allow the finish to fully cure. (this could be longer for oil-based finishes) Consider booties, the toenail covers, and/or having your dog’s nails trimmed and “rolled” to help reduce scratching. You will need to keep your dog’s nails trimmed about every 6-8 weeks to prevent dog scratches. Remember, however, if your dogs play and slide around on the floor, there is nothing that will 100% stop scratches.
14. If you are having oil-based finish, you will need to make arrangements for a place to stay for about 3 days due to the toxic fumes and need for drying time. Oil takes at least 24 hours to dry, so you cannot be on the floor for about 3 days once we have completed our work.
If you have additional questions, please contact the store from where you purchased the materials or your contractor.