Finding the right flooring contractor for your next project may seem like a daunting task, but by researching a few important details, you can find a contractor that completes your project the way you envisioned it, on time, and for a reasonable price. This article will guide you step by step to finding the contractor that’s right for you.
1. Establishing Your Budget
The first step to completing any kind of project is settling on the budget. You’ve probably already done some research into the prices of different materials, but you need to also remember to include the cost of hiring a contractor into your budget. If hiring a reputable contractor puts you out of your price range, consider lowering the part of your budget spent on the flooring itself to fit them in, or wait until you can afford to hire a well-respected contractor. Remember, you get what you pay for.
2. Read Reviews
One of the best ways to tell the quality of contractor you’re hiring is by reading reviews previous customers have left online. Be sure to look for information about:
- The Company
- Sales People (if applicable)
Don’t be afraid to ask the company for references or a portfolio of some of their work! Both of these are a great way to see if the company has a good track record. You may also want to check with an organization such as the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any reports filed against the company
3. Check for Licenses and Insurance
Good reviews are great, but even more important is making sure the contractor is licensed. At a bare minimum, they should have a general contractor’s license. Before you even ask for any kind of estimate, make sure the contractor has both a license and insurance policy.
Ensuring the flooring contractor you hire has insurance protects you from any kind of liability. You should make sure your contractor has both workers compensation insurance and liability insurance.
You should also check for specialty licenses with organizations like the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) to see if your contractor is listed.
4. How Knowledgeable is the Contractor?
A good flooring contractor will have experience in a wide variety of fields and be happy to share their knowledge about flooring with you. You want to work with someone who’s an expert at their craft and has years of experience in handling any situations that may arise.
Ask your contractor questions about the job! Not only will this ensure that you get a contractor who knows what they’re talking about, but may also help the contractor get a better idea of what you want for your project!
5. Get a Few Estimates
Before settling on one flooring contractor to hire, make sure you get quotes from a few different reputable ones in your area. While getting the quote make sure you get the minimum info of:
- Estimated hours and completion date
- Material Supplier (whether you need to or the contractor does)
- Hourly rates
- Existing flooring removal
Hiring a contractor who is able to supply their own material may have a relationship with manufacturers and can get better prices.
When getting a quote, there may be costs you hadn’t considered such as equipment rentals. This is just one more thing to take into consideration when choosing a contractor, and why we recommend getting a minimum of 3 price quotes.
Get Fast and Affordable Installation with Denny’s Flooring
Here at Denny’s Floorcovering Studio, we understand how important it is to have the floors in your house fit your style as well as stand the test of time. Its our goal to provide fast, reliable, and affordable service for all of your flooring needs.
Call 320-632-6361 to schedule a free in-home estimate today! Or visit our showroom at:
115 1st Street NE
Little Falls, MN 56345
We look forward to working with you!