What to Consider When Hiring a Flooring Contractor
Too often do people start a project not knowing what it is they want? “I want to renovate my kitchen, change my flooring and I want it to look good!” or “I want a new modern bathroom, with more room and a stone shower!” While these needs are OK to have, you are going to need to be more specific about what it is that appeals to your sense of style. Let’s face facts, contractors are not designers and should not be consulted on what looks good or what cabinets go well with what floor. Their primary job is to make sure that all of the installations in your home are up to code and are of a decent quality. Clients often asked me “what do you think of the color of my new floor?” And to this I would respond, I think it’s going to go great with your cabinets/countertop/furniture/INSERT GENERAL ANSWER HERE. What I am trying to say is that I never cared what color a project was because it was not my concern. The style that the client had in mind and the style that I thought looked good were 99% of the time, total opposites.
“What’s that Mr.customer; you want a black hardwood floor to match your black walls and black furniture? Ok! I think that’s going to be very unique, sure I can do it.” The point is, everyone has a different look that they like, and that’s absolutely fine, but don’t expect a contractor to know what style you will like.
Contractors should care about quality of product and quality of installation along with quality of customer service they provide, and nothing else. Don’t be afraid to take home sample and hold on to them for a week next to your cabinets before you decide on the product. Good tip to help you with the process it to sketch a design yourself, however crude it will help the person you are working with to better visualize your needs. So find a few free design companies who are willing to offer you a simple sketch of your needs and don’t buy from them. You will however, gain the knowledge of what it is that you want and also have a visual representation of your dream project. After all, knowing is half the battle and an educated consumer will always get a great deal.