HOW TO INTELLIGENTLY SHOP FOR HARDWOOD FLOORING…WHERE DO I BEGIN?
First of all, when it comes to any type of flooring in your home the goal should be to find the material that best suits your home and your lifestyle. All too often I hear from people who purchased flooring that was sold to them with little consideration for their home environment, their specific needs, and their lifestyle. It just happened to be a “good” closeout deal at a “great” price.
Not all wood is created equal and purchasing the wrong type of hardwood flooring for your home can lead to many regrets. At DeSitter Flooring there is always an expert staff of consultants available to you who have one goal in mind: To find the right flooring solution for your home.
Our hardwood flooring series of videos will take you through all the different flooring options available and provide you with expert advice on how to make an educated decision on what is going to be the best flooring option for your home.
Now, the best place to start before walking into any flooring showroom is to perform some basic assessments that will help to narrow your search for the perfect floor. Assessing your home decor, lifestyle, budget, and expectations for what you want out of your new floor before you begin looking at product will help you save time and minimize the risk of making a poor decision.
HOME DÉCOR - Hardwood floors will add lasting beauty to your home. The style and color of wood you bring into your home will have a big impact on your home décor. Search magazines and websites for room scenes that encapsulate the look you are after. Take pictures of your rooms and the furniture in those rooms. Also, if you have a drawer or a sample of your kitchen cabinets bring it to the store with you. Perhaps you are adding to an existing hardwood floor. Take pictures and bring in a sample if you have one.
LIFESTYLE – Consider how the flooring in your project area will be impacted on a day to day basis.
Kitchens and Family Rooms are typically the busiest rooms in the home. Consider how you would be interacting with your floor in these spaces. Write down any expectations and concerns you might have. The species of wood, how it is constructed, the color, and the type of finish on the product will all have a significant impact on how the floor performs in your home.
BUDGET: Take some measurements of the rooms in question and calculate your approximate square footage. Drawing a simple floor plan can be very helpful as well. Bring this info with you when you go to one of our showrooms. Hardwood flooring has a wide range of pricing. You can typically expect to pay 7.00 – 15.00 a SF. When considering a budget for your hardwood floors it is important to factor in the long term investment and the value a new floor brings to your home. Well maintained hardwood floors can last 50 years or more and can be refinished multiple times making hardwood a great investment for any home.
If selling your home is your motivation for new flooring then share that info when you meet with one of our consultants. There are some terrific options available that shouldn’t break the budget.
Please tune in to our next video segment where we continue the discussion on how to find the right hardwood flooring for your home.