Preparing for installation
Once you’ve selected and purchased your new hardwood floor, it’s time to prepare for your scheduled installation day. Preparation will reduce the chance of any surprises. Our hardwood specialists at the Carpet Stop have compiled the following guide to help you prepare for your installation crew’s arrival. Knowing what to expect will mean less stress for you, your family, and your home.
Before Installation Day
Furniture removal is first.
We’ll start by removing all furniture and other objects from the areas where the installation will take place. You’ll first need to empty the contents of china cabinets, closets, and drawers. We may also ask you to adjust your climate control settings (heat or air conditioning) to establish consistent indoor humidity.
We’ll take a look at your old floors.
We’ll discuss in advance how your old flooring will be removed and disposed of. This can be a time-consuming task.
Consider your doors.
When hardwood is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially closet, basement, and bedroom doors, may not clear the new floor height to be able to swing free. We may need to remove doors in order to install the hardwood and will re-hang them if possible. We may recommend that you shave or cut down doors to ensure clearance.
Be clear about cleanup.
Installing new hardwood will produce waste. Usually, these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. We’ll confirm this before installation day so you can make us aware of any issues and we can make an alternative plan.
During Installation Day
Prepare to stay home.
Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and to be available in case the installation crew has questions. Your presence will ensure that the correct hardwood is installed in the right areas. It can be difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, but we will keep you updated on any changes to the schedule.
Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
A walk-through is key.
We recommend that, prior to the completion of the installation, you walk through the job with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear on any final details.
After Installation Day
Ventilate your space.
If you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation. You can do this by opening windows and running fans, if possible.
The bottom line.
Being prepared for installation day through careful planning and smart preparation will make your life and the installers’ job a lot easier. It will also make your hardwood flooring experience enjoyable right from day one. We’re here to help you get the most out of your beautiful new hardwood floor.