Planning A Visit To The Flooring Store

By: Shane Hester

If you have ever tried to purchase home improvement products such as flooring or any other type, you know how frustrating it can be and how the overwhelming number of options can leave you more confused than you were before you started. You also know how the sales representatives at stores can ask you questions that you do not know, resulting in another trip to the store.

It is not hard to avoid such issues and still get the information you need if you know the right questions to ask and things to do before you make a visit to the home improvement store you plan to do business with.

For the purpose of this article, we will discuss the necessary steps to take when planning to visit a flooring store, but the same type of planning can be applied to most situations related to remodeling.

Make sure your store visit goes smoothly by going through this simple checklist below.

Before you go, consider drawing a simple outline of your room indicating;

* Room exits
* Adjoining room floors - type and color
* Sources of sunlight and other lighting
* Subfloor - what's underneath (sometimes you can pull up an in-floor heating duct to see)?

You will also need to;
* Measurement - length and width, include closets. This will help you explain your needs to the salesperson.

* Measure the distance or the gap from the bottom of the doors to the top of the floor in the rooms that will have new flooring. This will tell you if the bottoms of the doors will have to be shaved to accommodate the new floor.

* Make a note of the color and type of baseboards that are currently installed. Include shoe molding if it exist.

Bring with you to the store:
* Swatches - room fabrics, paint chips. These will help you match floors with your decor for your room design.

* Pictures - take pictures of the rooms that are going to receive improvements. These pictures will serve as a guide in case you have to make a different choice than you originally planned.

Questions the salesperson may ask you:
Durability/Performance

* Is there light or heavy traffic in this room?
* What is the room used for?
* Do you have children and if so, how old are they?
* Do you have pets and if so, what kind?
* How long do you want this flooring to last?
* Is there a door to the outside in the room?

Style/Appearance

* Do you have a certain color in mind?
* What are the room's lighting sources?
* What types of furnishings do you have?

The New Look

* What's the style of the room? Traditional? Contemporary? Rustic?
* What's the feel of the room? Casual? Formal? Somewhere in between?

Questions you may want to ask the salesperson:

* Estimate - Do charges apply?
* Samples - Available to take home?
* Underlayment - What type is required?
* Warranties on flooring - What is offered?

Flooring Installation

* What is the cost?
* What is the installation procedure?
* Who handles appliance and fixture removal and replacement?

You Need To Know

* Who disposes of old flooring?
* Are new moldings, wall base and toe kick required?
* Will the new flooring add height to the room?
* Are installers certified?

By following these simple steps, your visit to the flooring store will be more productive and will enable you to get a more thorough explanation of the flooring products that are available as well as information you need to get the flooring you want.

Other benefits include knowledge of the flooring installation steps that the company follows and how much you will have to pay for this service.

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