Does your floor need to be repaired or replaced? Or maybe you just need an upgrade? Whether you’re looking at hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles, carpeting, or linoleum, you’re probably evaluating the cost-effectiveness of DIY for your next flooring project.
DIY is certainly something to consider when you’re trying to save money, but it’s not the only thing you need to think about before you launch your flooring project.
While these topics may not be a comprehensive list in every respect, they can certainly help as a guideline and can help you decide which course of action you want to take.
Choose Your Floor
The material of your floor adds a lot to the aesthetic of your room and says a lot about your personal style. There are a variety of materials, hues, costs, and styles for you to choose from. But before you choose, keep the following questions in mind as you select the perfect floor for you.
- How much foot traffic will your room get?
- How much water and dirt will be tracked in to the area and how will that affect clean-up?
- Will a certain room need more noise-dampening qualities?
- How will pets and children impact this floor? Is it durable and easy to clean?
- Do we have any allergies that we need to consider?
- What kind of subflooring will be needed?
- How often will this new floor need to be replaced?
- How does my budget fit in with the floor I want?
- What’s my timeline and can a professional help if I need it?
Flooring Skills You May Need
Here are a few tasks that are usually involved with a flooring project. Do you have the necessary skills and tools?
- Know how to operate home project tools.
- Know how to create transitions between the different flooring levels.
- Know how to check joists and subflooring.
- Know when your subflooring needs to be replaced and recognize damage or mold that needs to be removed immediately.
- Know how to figure out the needed slopes and then apply it in installation.
- Know how to prep the subfloor.
- Fix or replace tiles.
- Tear out linoleum, vinyl, carpet, laminate, etc. How to do it safely, cost-effectively, and how to properly dispose of it.
- Fitting and installing flooring on stairs.
- Figuring out the area of flooring, how much material you’ll need, and installing correctly even when the wood floor doesn’t line up as perfectly as you thought.
- Installing the different floors! Some are pretty easy (laminate), others are pretty hard (hardwood floors).
Potential Costs DIY vs. PRO
Cost is a big motivator for DIY, and it’s important your project stays in your budget. You want to know everything each project entails, so you don’t get hit with hidden costs. Sometimes, DIY may indeed save you money, but that all depends on the project, your skill level, your timeline, and whether you can afford to take time off or not.
Lay out all costs for your flooring project, then compare the costs to see which version will be better for your project.
- Flooring materials (the cost at which the company sales them at retail value).
- Ordering, shipping, and delivery costs.
- All tools needed for proper removal of molding and flooring.
- All tools needed for proper installation and cleaning.
- Always make some room in your budget for repairs that come from DIY mistakes.
- Materials are usually sold at wholesale value since the flooring company gets that discount.
- Professional installation/labor fees and repair (comes with all tools needed)
- Clean up of project and waste removal.
Labor costs may be expensive, but sometimes it may be worth the cost if you’re unsure of your skill, don’t have the tools, or simply don’t have the time.
Also, doing some DIY in addition to hiring a professional can save you money and the hassle. For example, DIY by clearing the room of furniture, prep your floors, maybe even rip up your own floor or clean up on your own after. Then hire a professional to do the rest.
Ready For Your Project?
If you’re feeling DIY is the best route after you’ve budgeted and analyzed your project, then consider these steps to get you started. Even if you do end up hiring a pro for some part of the project, you’ll have a good idea of what’s going on with these steps.
- Do the math. You’ll want to get the total square footage of your room so you know how much material, time, and money will be needed to complete your flooring project.
- Do some leg work. You will want to research different DIY websites and projects on your topic. It’s always helpful to have the advice of someone who’s been there before. Before you hire a pro, you’ll want to research different companies, look at their ratings, and make sure they have all their credentials up to date. You also want to compare quotes so you know you’re getting the best deals for your flooring project.
- Gather and finish up. Once you know you’re getting the best deal on your flooring project, and you’re inside your budget with some wiggle room, all you need to do is tie up loose ends. If working with a flooring professional, make sure you completely understand what they have quoted you, what their schedule will be, and what you can expect. Always ask your contractors about wholesale prices from local suppliers. Having this all in place before the work begins can help you save money and will also help your professionals know exactly what you want.
When it comes down to it, it’s all about your skill, time, and money.
DIY on your flooring project can save money, but make sure you’re not getting in over your head or cutting corners. That can just cost you much more money further down the road.
If you go pro, then make sure you compare several companies, get several quotes, and find the best deal for your budget.
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